Special Olympics Looking to Pack the Stands for 2017 Summer Games

The event kicks off June 8th will an opening ceremony and parade in downtown Fargo

FARGO, ND — The North Dakota Special Olympics Summer Games are just a few weeks away.

The event kicks off June 8th at the Fargo Civic Center.

This is the 20th year for the event in Fargo.

Special Olympics serves more than 1,600 athletes statewide.

The organization wants to get as many people to the kick–off event as possible because friends and family of the athletes normally can’t travel to the event.

“It would mean a lot to all of us athletes because some of them don’t have family, the family support that I have, to come and watch them play,” said Stephanie Hasse, a Special Olympics athlete. “It would just mean a lot to them because that way we get more people to come and watch and be a part of it.”

“Coming out and showing that support makes somebody feel good,” said NDSO president, Kathy Magher. “It would make me feel good to be in the stands because that puts smiles on other people’s faces.”

The opening ceremony includes a parade down Broadway.

Special Olympics is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year.

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