CHICOPEE — Athletes from across the western the part of the state turned out to Chicopee Comprehensive High School Saturday for the Special Olympics Massachusetts’ May Games.
The spring event, held as athletes and team look to qualify for the upcoming state summer games, featured 400 athletes and unified partners, who took to the school’s track and swimming pool.
While athletes competed, a team of 219 volunteers helped run the games, which came as the Special Olympics celebrated 50 years of service.
Family, friends and others supporters, meanwhile, gathered to cheer on the athletes.
Teams hoping to advance to the next tournament are allowed a 60 to 40 ratio of athletes and unified partners, as they all compete for both individual and team scores.
The event began with an opening ceremony on the track where participating teams marched onto the field followed by the arrival of the Special Olympics Flame of Hope, signifying the games’ official start.