Special Olympics

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Kansas was recently ranked one of the top states in the country for number of people who do volunteer work. All this week, the KMUW News team is looking at some local volunteers who are making a difference here in Wichita.

  

The Air Capital Flyers Special Olympics program is completely operated by volunteers from top to bottom; no one is paid. The local nonprofit exists to help enrich the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities through competitive sports.

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Special Olympics Kansas announced Tuesday that the organization's Summer Games will be held at a new venue next year.

For the last three decades, Wichita State University has been home to the Special Olympics Summer Games. But in June, the Maize School District, just west of Wichita, will begin hosting the event.

Chris Hahn, CEO and president of Special Olympics Kansas, says the move will allow the program to work more closely with high school students.

The 42nd annual Special Olympics Kansas Summer Games will take place this weekend at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium.

The opening ceremonies will begin Friday evening with the Parade of Athletes followed by the lighting of the cauldron by the 2011 Most Inspirational Athlete, Chevi Peters of the Pittsburg New Hope Bulldogs.

A Law Enforcement Torch Run includes 900 officers from more than 85 agencies carrying the “Flame of Hope” throughout 28 counties in Kansas as they travel to the annual games held in Wichita.