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St. Petersburg Celebrates Special Olympics Week

Special Olympics Week concludes with Special Olympics Area Six Summer Games to honor the Special Olympics and its participants.

St. Petersburg, FL (March 2019) – Athletes and fans from across the area will gather for the Special Olympics Area Six Summer Games hosted by the City of St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department’s Therapeutic Recreation Division. The event takes place at Lakewood High School, 1400 54th Ave. S., on Saturday, March 30, and will begin with an opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. followed by the games at 10 a.m.

The games are held at the end of Special Olympics Week, which runs from March 23 – 30, 2019, a declaration made by Mayor Rick Kriseman. The week honors the Special Olympics, an international program of physical fitness, sports training and athletic competition for intellectually disabled children and adults.

The City of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department work hard to provide programming and opportunities for individuals of all abilities and ages. The games contribute to the City’s and the department’s efforts to create programs and events that assist with the physical, social and psychological development of all participants in hopes of providing opportunities for disabled individuals to enter other community programs; to make new friends; and to share their gifts and skills with their families.

The event is sponsored by the Special Olympics Florida – Pinellas County, the City of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, visit or contact the Therapeutic Division at 727-893-7899.

About the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department
The St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department is nationally accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, and with 17 recreation facilities, nine swimming pools, over 150 parks and more than 70 athletic fields, the department makes it a mission to preserve and enhance the city’s parklands and recreational facilities and engage the community in leisure activities. Visit to learn more. 

About the Therapeutic Recreation Division
Therapeutic Recreation is a division of the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department and provides education and recreation services that enhance the health, functional abilities, independence and quality of life for individuals with illnesses, disabilities and other conditions. The Therapeutic Recreation Division provides programs at various locations that are supervised by nationally Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS). Visit for more information and program listings. 

About the Special Olympics Florida
Special Olympics Florida is a 501c3 organization that provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their participation provides them opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. There are over 1,700 athletes of all ages participating in 15 Olympic sports in Pinellas County. For more information, visit the website at or contact 813-857-8685.

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