More than 1,700 Special Olympians and coaches will be in Lawrence Nov. 17 and 18 for a state indoor sports tournament.
Athletes of all ages will compete for awards at the event, which includes a bowling tournament, to be held at the Hillcrest bowling alley Nov. 17 and 18, and a volleyball tournament, scheduled at Kansas University's Robinson Gymnasium Nov. 17.
Besides the competitive events, there will be an awards banquet and dance the night of the 18th at the Kansas Union. Leisure activities such as roller skating, movies and bingo also will be offered.
To open the games, representatives from the Lawrence and Kansas University police departments will join Special Olympics athletes in carrying the torch from Royal Lanes Hillcrest to Robinson Gymnasium from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Nov. 17.
Tournament organizers need more than 600 volunteers to be scorekeepers, runners, award volunteers and lane helpers. No experience is necessary to fill these positions.
Volunteers need to attend one of two organizational meetings to learn about the Kansas Special Olympics program. The meetings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at Robinson, room 202; or 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Lawrence Community Building, 115 W. 11th.
Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Lesley Oburn, indoor tournament volunteers chairman, at the Pi Beta Phi sorority on the KU campus, or Gary Scott, indoor tournament director, at the community building.