Special Olympics Connecticut is celebrating its 50th anniversary with almost 1,000 athletes and partners competing in the annual Winter Games.
This year’s games are being held at multiple locations across Hartford County on February 24 and February 25.
Floor hockey will take place at the Pratt and Whitney hanger on Saturday and Sunday.
There's also ice skating and speed skating in Simsbury and gymnastics in Plainville.
The public is encouraged to attend and cheer the athletes on throughout the weekend.
With temperatures expected to hit the 50s in the Hartford area Saturday, organizers struggled with the lack of snow and were forced to cancel the Alpine skiing and snowboarding events, and shorten the cross-country skiing. But that didn’t dampen the excitement at the Opening Ceremony in East Hartford.
Months of hard work and dedication went into organizing the games for the Special Olympics athletes. The annual Winter Games gives athletes of all abilities the chance to play sports and compete with their peers.
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