Oct. 18: Special Olympics soccer

University hosts Special Olympics soccer event at Rullo Stadium

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1:20 p.m., Oct. 17, 2012--The University of Delaware will serve as the host for Special Olympics Delaware’s New Castle County soccer skills competition from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18.

Weeks of training will culminate when more than 350 athletes and Unified Partners (peers without a disability) from New Castle County schools gather at UD’s Rullo Stadium to compete in the event, which is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

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Participants will compete in basic and advanced soccer events that include dribbling, passing and shooting skills. In addition, Young Athletes (ages 7 and younger) will demonstrate soccer skills, as will athletes in the Motor Activity Training Program.

“Soccer is one of the most popular Special Olympics sports not only here in Delaware, but around the world,” says Gary Cimaglia, senior director of sports. “This event is a great way for our athletes to learn the basic skills of the game during their practices and then have the opportunity to demonstrate those skills in a competition against each other.”

Participating schools include: Appoquinimink High School, Brandywine School District SITE Program, Brennen School, Bunker Hill Elementary School, Cedar Lane Elementary School, Christina REACH Program, Colonial Adult Integration Program, George Read Middle School, Hope Center of Delaware, Jennie Smith Elementary School, Leach School, Mount Pleasant Elementary School, Olive Loss Elementary School, Southern Elementary School, Springer Middle School and William Penn High School.

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