National Special Olympics in Manny Ramjohn today | Local sports

ATHLETICS is the main event today as the month of the Digicel-sponsored Trinidad and Tobago Special Olympics National Games kicks off at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella.

The Special Olympics Trinidad and Tobago kicks off this weekend, spread over four weekends from May 4 to 25, and involves more than 700 athletes and 175 coaches.

Special Olympians will compete in track and field, volleyball, bocce, powerlifting, basketball, equestrian, soccer and swimming.

The event also raised $100,000 in sponsorship from the Digicel Foundation, with the sponsors also announcing a package of giveaways and prizes for special school support, fan support and individual support.

The Special School with the largest turnout of family, friends and supporters, all dressed in the same colours, will win a prize worth $25,000 worth of technology, and a year of broadband, to be used by the school. There will also be Digicel giveaways for individual participants in the Games.

The goal is to gain major support for the Special Olympians. As such, Digicel Foundation CEO Penny Gomez this week announced incentives aimed at attracting large groups of fans – the first was a $2,000 voucher that could be won by a contingent of 20 to 25 people, with the “most vybes”, including showing their banners. etc.

“That posse, you win a lime at a favorite and truly fantastic restaurant. So you get a few thousand dollars for that particular lime,” Gomez said.

She also announced a $1,000 incentive for groups of 10 to 15 supporters.

“Secondly, we are going to have a pizza party. So again, another lime for those who bring 10 to 15 people to support, and you’ll get a pizza lime at one of your favorite pizza places,” she said.

“We are looking for fans in the stands,” said Ferdinand Bibby, director of Special Olympics Trinidad and Tobago. “Special Olympics are more than sports and while teams from different schools may participate on Saturday (today) and other weekends, it is more important that the rest of the school gets involved in the efforts of the school team and what they do. can do.”

Bibby continued: “All sports organizations have the same problem: how to get fans into the stands. So now we say come, you have the chance to win a lime, you have the chance to get something for yourself by doing our favorite pastime in Trinidad which is ‘lime’.”

SPECIAL OLYMPIC GAMES SCHEDULE:

Today –

Opening ceremony, 8:30 am

Athletics, 10am – 5pm, Manny Ramjohn Stadium

Tomorrow

Volleyball, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Southern Regional Indoor Sports Arena, Pleasantville

11 MAY:

Bocce, 9am – 5:30pm, Manny Ramjohn Stadium

Powerlifting, 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM, D’DIAL Fitness Club, Long Circular Mall

MAY 18:

Basketball, 9am-5:30pm, Southern Regional Indoor Sports Arena, Pleasantville

MAY 19:

Equestrian, 8am – 4.30pm, Police Mounted & Canine Branch, opposite Long Circular Mall

MAY 25:

Football, 9am-4pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium

Swimming, 9am – 4pm, Diego Martin Community pool

Closing Ceremony, 5:30-7:00 PM. Hasely Crawford Stadium