Athletes are gearing up to ski, skate, snowboard, run and score at the 2019 Special Olympics Alaska Winter Games.
The Winter Games is expected to draw more than 300 athletes, coaches and volunteers to Anchorage March 8-10. The following communities will be represented at the games: Anchorage, Ketchikan, Mat-Su Valley and Tanana Valley.
The Winter Games will begin with an Opening Ceremony at the East High School Auditorium on Friday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. and conclude with a Closing Ceremony on Sunday, March 10 at 3 p.m. in the East High School gym.
The following activities will take place from March 8-10: Unified floor hockey (East High School Gym), alpine skiing and snowboarding (Hilltop Ski Area) cross-country skiing and snowshoeing (East High School) and figure skating (Dimond Ice Chalet).
Special Olympics Alaska is an accredited program of Special Olympics Inc., a global organization that has provided sports training and competition to people with intellectual disabilities since 1968. In Alaska, Special Olympics serve more than 2,000 athletes in 11 communities around the state through local “community” training programs.