San Antonio hosts Texas’ first Special Olympics in two years

Photo by Steven Santana

Morgan’s Wonderland founder Gordon Hartman and his daughter Morgan carried the Special Olympics Torch of Hope in 2015. Now Hartman’s inclusive theme park will be the site of the return of the Special Olympics.

Edward A. Ornelas /San Antonio Express-News

Special Olympics Texas is finally making its return to San Antonio after the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the event for two years. The sporting event for people with developmental disabilities will return to the inclusive Morgan’s Wonderland from Thursday, May 12 through May 16, according to a press release.

The Special Olympics will kick off the festivities on Friday, May 13 with the Opening Ceremonies at Toyota Field beginning at 6 p.m. Opening ceremonies will include a parade of athletes, special guest appearances, the lighting of the Flame of Hope and fireworks.

Special Olympics will offer competitions in athletics/track and field, cycling, gymnastics, football and tennis. Sporting events will begin at 8 a.m. Friday at various venues, including Heroes Stadium, STAR Soccer Complex, Tree of Life Church and Morgan’s Wonderland, which opened its sports complex last summer. A full program of events can be found here.

The new Morgan’s Wonderland Camp will also offer the FUNdamental Sports-InfinitusGames from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 14, allowing athletes ages 3 and up to work on fundamental movement skills to prepare for future Special Olympics . The theme park will also host a robotics demonstration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Athletes will also be treated to a moment of letting go with a victory dance Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Morgan’s Wonderland.

Athletes can register here and those who seek the volunteer can register here.

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