Special Olympics Mayflower 400 Commemorative Games

Special Olympics Plymouth & District (SOPD) will be hosting the Special Olympics Mayflower 400 Commemorative Games as part of the city's Mayflower 400 commemoration year.

Athletes from other Special Olympic groups including America, the Netherlands and the rest of Great Britain, will visit the city in April 2020 to compete in this unique international event.

After the opening ceremony on Friday 3 April, at the Plymouth Life Centre Arena, there will be two full days of competitions in boccia, badminton, football, table tennis, bowls, tennis, swimming and basketball.

It will be the first time Plymouth has hosted an international Olympic Games for people with Learning Disabilities (LD), and it is thought that the event will be attended by 450 athletes, 100 coaches and 300 volunteers, plus thousands of spectators.

Everyone involved in the planning and delivery of the games are volunteers who are giving their time and support so athletes can experience this huge opportunity.

The Special Olympics Plymouth Charity Ball at the Duke of Cornwall

The games will promote awareness, integration and the realisation that people with an LD have a real worth and should be forwarded the dignity and respect of society. It will also leave a future legacy of increase participation in sport within the LD community.

This historic event will not only be fun, bring lasting friendships and a great adventure, but will also act as a massive inclusion and awareness promotion for Plymouth, the South West and SOGB.

The estimated cost for the project is £70,000. The SOPD has raised 65% of the cost through a Crowdfund for £20,000 and its own fund-raising activities and, with your help, it will ensure the success in delivering this unprecedented event.

Any help you could give for this event such as sponsorship, volunteers would be gratefully received, and you can find out more at https://www.sopd.org.uk/support-us/donate.php

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