UNH Hosts 43rd Special Olympics of New Hampshire Summer Games

More than 950 athletes from across the state gathered at the University of New Hampshire May 31-June 2 to compete in swimming, track and field, bocce, tennis, power lifting and equestrian events.

Special Olympics New Hampshire provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

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UNH Police Chief Paul Dean opens the 43rd Special Olympics New Hampshire summer games hosted at the University of New Hampshire on Friday.

UNH Police Chief Paul Dean opens the 43rd Special Olympics New Hampshire summer games hosted at the University of New Hampshire on Friday.

Athletes sing the National Anthem during opening ceremonies for the 43rd Special Olympics New Hampshire summer games hosted at the University of New Hampshire on Friday.

Athletes sing the National Anthem during opening ceremonies.

>Sean Costello of Nashua focuses his attention on the task at hand in the power-lift competition of the 43rd Special Olympics

Sean Costello of Nashua focuses his attention on the task at hand in the power-lift competition.

Sean Costello of Nashua lifts 275 pounds

Every muscle fiber strains as Sean Costello of Nashua lifts 275 pounds in the power-lift competition.

Andrew Georgakopolous celebrates his running of the 200 meter men's final.

Andrew Georgakopolous celebrates his running of the 200 meter men's final.

Shane Burke with team Plus Pride outdistanced himself from the pack in the 200 meter final.

Shane Burke with team Plus Pride outdistanced himself from the pack in the 200 meter final.

Rylee Jones with Team Barrington  has her eye on her goal in the women's standing long jump.

Rylee Jones with Team Barrington has her eye on her goal in the women's standing long jump.