After a very successful first year, the Special Olympics competition is back and even better this month at Toledo Public Schools.

The inaugural event proved so successful last year that volunteers, including University of Toledo football players, have been lining up to help guide the athletes throughout the day.

There will be a full roster of track and field events, as well as an opening ceremony that will feature an honor guard as well as awards ceremony for each event. New this year is a special area for the district’s very smallest athletes, overseen by the staff of Head Start.

The first day of events is this Friday and will be for schools in the Start, Waite and Woodward learning communities, held at Start High School, 2010 Tremainsville Rd. (There will be some athletes from other districts as well).

The second day of competition is set for Friday, May 22, at Rogers High Schools, 222 McTigue Dr., with schools in the Bowsher, Rogers and Scott learning communities competing. May 29 is reserved as a rain day.

Volunteers will start reporting at 9 a.m. The order of events is as follows:
• 10 a.m.: Opening ceremony with the Parade of Athletes
10:20 a.m.: Track events for both female and male athletes begin
• 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Lunch provided
11:45 a.m. – Field events begin for both male and female athletes
• 12:30 p.m. – Relay events begin

TPS students can start training for Special Olympics as kindergartners and those age 8 and older are eligible to compete in as many sports as they train for.

Updated on May 12, 2015