Special Olympics DC Kicks Off Friday at Catholic University

Celebrate DC's athletes with games, a parade, and more!

Photograph courtesy of Maria-Nelly Johnson

For the 15th year in a row, the 2015 Special Olympics DC will kick off with opening day at the Raymond A. DuFour Center on the Catholic University campus on Friday, May 15, at 11am.

The games are in their 46th year, and this year, spectators can cheer on over 900 athletes who underwent a minimum of eight weeks of training before qualifying to participate in track and field, socer, volleyball, and bocce competitions.

Stop by on Opening Day for the athlete parade and barbeque on Friday, and return for the games on May 19 through 21. A complete schedule of events is available online, and all four days are free to the public.

Be sure to pack a lunch for the day (as well as sunscreen). Or, if you don’t feel like lugging a kooler around, grab lunch at nearby Brookland Pint or Busboys and Poets.

Parking is free, but limited, as there is no street parking, and the redline Brookland/CUA metro stop is just a short walk from up John McCormack Drive.

Want to lend a hand? Volunteers can still sign up at Training will take place each morning before the games, so no experience is necessary. Free lunch is provided to volunteers.