WATERVILLE VALLEY, New Hampshire ??вЂќ Waterville Valley will host the 29th Annual New Hampshire Special Olympic Winter Games from Sunday, February 12 to Tuesday, February 14.
More than 500 athletes are expected to participate in alpine and cross country skiing, snow shoeing, snowboarding and figure skating. Volunteers from all around the state continue to assist in the efforts to make sure the Special Olympics New Hampshire continues achieve their mission. SONH is founded on the belief that people with mental challenges can, with proper instruction and support, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports.
Around the world there are accredited Special Olympics programs in more than 150 countries, all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Over 15,000 competition events in summer and winter sports are held each year in communities worldwide. State programs, such as the Special Olympics New Hampshire, hold their events annually. State Games culminate in a World Games every two years, alternating between winter and summer sports.
“This is the tenth year Waterville Valley is hosting the New Hampshire Special Olympics and we always look forward to this time of the season,” said General Manager Tom Day. “Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces at the end of the games reminds us of just how blessed we are to be a small part of their lives.”