LET THE GAMES BEGIN
Special Olympics holds annual Philadelphia Spring Games at Penn Charter
Law enforcement personnel and volunteer runners carry the Olympic torch into the stadium as Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s 40th annual Philadelphia Spring Games kick off at William Penn Charter School in East Falls Saturday, April 29.
Approximately 250 athletes competed in Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s 40th annual Philadelphia Spring Games at William Penn Charter School in East Falls Saturday, April 29. More 300 volunteers also provided support for the competition. The day began with local law enforcement officers running 3.1 miles from the Philadelphia Art Museum to Penn Charter, carrying the Flame of Hope to the opening ceremonies. Athletes competed in track and field, basketball and tennis.
Volunteer Ashley Herr paces Annie Pavloff across the finish line in the 1,500-meter race.
Athlete Allison Rutizer and CSN’s John Boruk declare the games “open.”
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney poses with Allison Rutizer following the opening ceremonies.
Former world boxing champion Bernard Hopkins shares the Olympic Torch with contestant Michael Henderson.
Christina DiVergilisi tosses the ball in the bocce competition.
Contestants pass the baton in the 4-by-100-meter relay.
Keith Collins lets it fly in the softball throw.
Vinnie Donachie-Occhiolini competes in the tennis ball throw.
Teddy Angerman tosses the ball in the bocce competition.