- Cape teacher accused of assaulting student at football game (10/23/16)30
- Pedestrian killed during traffic collision on I-55 (10/23/16)8
- Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter faces challenge from criminal investigator Wes Drury (10/21/16)8
- Shooting injures two people in Cape early Tuesday (10/19/16)34
- 18-year-old killed in one-car crash Thursday morning (10/21/16)1
- Man arrested after dispute at school spurs brief lockdown (10/21/16)6
- 'I feel for them' (10/20/16)1
- Perry County: A great place to find home away from home (10/14/16)
- Hundreds turn out for VintageNOW fundraiser (10/23/16)3
- Crews are working on the new Drury Hotel (10/21/16)4
More than 900 athletes and their families will be in town next weekend for the 2012 Special Olympics Missouri State Fall Games.
If you've attended past events, you have an idea of how much these games mean to the athletes and their families. These young people face challenges, but there is a sweet spirit in each. The joy they experience when competing is truly heartwarming.
The fun kicks off Oct. 12 with games starting in the morning. At 7 p.m. the opening ceremonies we held at the Show Me Center. This rally, which includes the parade of athletes, is open to the public. The first 250 fans will receive a free T-shirt. There will be guest speakers, and the band Shades of Soul will provide entertainment. The games continue through Oct. 14.
While the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department does a great job coordinating the local effort, it's important to have volunteers on hand. If you're available, we encourage you to sign up to help. To do so, go to www.somo.org/fallgames or call Jen Rose at 651-2105.
Thank you to all those who make these events happen. Cape Girardeau is a wonderful place for events, and we're thrilled to host this year's fall games.