DURHAM — Special Olympics New Hampshire will celebrate the golden anniversary of the State Summer Games Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8, at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. This yearly sports competition has long been a centerpiece of Special Olympics events in the Granite State, but even more so this year as SONH pays special tribute to the games and ceremonies on their 50th anniversary in New Hampshire.

The State Summer Games will be the official kick-off of Special Olympics celebration of 50 years of providing quality sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities in New Hampshire. More than 1200 volunteers are needed to make the Games a success.

Volunteers help in all aspects of the event including timing races, serving food, taking photos of the events and assisting with various other logistics. Special Olympics is still looking for volunteers to help from Wednesday, June 5th to Sunday, June 9th. Please visit www.sonh.org and click on the volunteer box on the lower right side of the homepage . More information about volunteering is available by calling Brandon Metevier at 624-1250 Ext. 43. Brandon may also be reached via e mail at BrandonM@sonh.org.

The Special Olympics New Hampshire 50th State Summer Games Opening Ceremony will be Friday night June 7 at 7:15 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium on the campus of UNH in Durham. The evening will feature the arrival of the Flame of Hope concluding this year’s Law Enforcement Torch Run as well as a law enforcement motorcycle parade, track and field sporting events and fireworks.

Information: www.sonh.org.