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Join the Special Olympics for the 50th anniversary of its USA summer games, which give people with intellectual disabilities the chance to compete in a variety of sports. The athletes gather in Seattle on July 1 for six days of team and individual events in what’s being billed as the city’s biggest sporting extravaganza since the 1990 Goodwill Games.
Check out the Special Olympics by the numbers:
The time when opening ceremonies begin on July 1 in Husky Stadium
Members of the specially assembled choir that will sing at the opening ceremonies, led by Rafe Wadleigh, director of the Charles Wright Academy choir
Participants in the first Special Olympics in Chicago in 1968
Who will take part this year
The cost to view competitions (general admission ticket for opening ceremonies is $20)
9 and 74
Ages of the youngest and oldest athletes
Washington participants, the largest state team at the Games
Spectators expected to cheer on the athletes
Individual and team sports, including stand-up paddleboarding, the most recently added sport
Venues hosting competitions, including the University of Washington, Seattle University and Seattle Pacific University
Estimated regional economic impact of the Games