Opening ceremonies are expected to be a high-energy, high-tech evening of family entertainment that will be hosted by MSU graduate Kevin Michael Connolly.
Other entertainers include Harrison Janke, the Bozeman High School Pep Bank and Cheerleaders, and the Bozeman High School Jazz Choir.
The ceremonies also include:
*"One Woman's Legacy," a tribute to Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
*Bright Orange Ballet, a group of dancers with disabilities who have been trained in classic ballet positions, movements and performance dance for eight years.
*Circle of Honor
*Law Enforcement torch run
*Lighting of the Olympic Flame with Deputy Dave Hedley of the Sanders County Sheriff's Office and Michael Schaff, Helena, Special Olympics Athlete of the Year.
During the games, more than 1,000 athletes and 450 coaches from 75 teams will to compete. Competitions in the games are varied and include athletics (track & field), bowling, equestrian, bocce, gymnastics, cycling, golf, powerlifting, soccer, aquatics, triathlon, horseshoe pitching and kayaking. Additionally, motor activities training for lower functioning athletes will be offered in conjunction with the Special Olympics all-inclusive participation mission. Competitions include athletics (track & field), bowling, equestrian, bocce, gymnastics, cycling, golf, kayaking, powerlifting, soccer, aquatics, triathlon and motor activities training for severely disabled individuals. The public is invited to cheer at the competitions and attend the opening and closing ceremonies. No admission is charged. Click here for a complete schedule.
For more information, contact Judy Magruder at JMagruder@somt.org.