Brenham Special Olympics athlete Cole Wright has been selected as one of six athletes from across the state to serve as a torchbearer at this Friday night’s Summer Games Opening Ceremony, being held at UT-Arlington’s Maverick Stadium.
The 48th annual Summer Games is the state’s largest Special Olympics competition of the year, featuring nearly 3,000 athletes from all around the state of Texas. Events get underway on Thursday and will run through Sunday.
Wright has been chosen to carry the Flame of Hope for the East region. He will be escorted by a Guardian of the Flame, Richard Horbach of the Webster Police Department.
The torch will be passed for five segments until it lights the cauldron, signifying the official start of the 2017 Summer Games.
The 2016 Area 6 Athlete of the Year, participates with the Brenham ISD Cubs delegation. Wright will compete in Track & Field at the statewide competition this weekend.
Lynn Mason (Plainview) will deliver the Flame of Hope to the stadium, Corey Richter (Bonham) will carry for the North region, Leticia Vasquez (Rosebud) for the Central region, Raymond Alvarado (Corpus Christi) for the South region and Donavan Haynes (Andrews). Escorting each one as Guardians of the Flame will be Texas Law Enforcement Torch Run officers from each athlete’s respective region.
During the four-day event, athletes will compete in Athletics (track & field), Basketball, Cycling, Gymnastics, Soccer or Tennis. Events will be held primarily on the campus of The University of Texas at Arlington, as well as various venues throughout the Arlington area. Gymnastics will take place in Rockwall. All events are free and open to the public.
For a schedule of events and information regarding the 2017 Summer Games, goto: sotx.org/competitions/summergames/
(Courtesy: Jessica Johnston, Brenham ISD)