WAND TV (Decatur)
April 25, 2013
By Associated Press
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is in southern Illinois to launch the Special Olympics 2013 Spring Games.
Simon will attend the opening ceremonies for the games in Carbondale on Friday.
More than 500 athletes are slated to compete in track and field events. More than 600 friends and family are expected to cheer them on.
The gold-medal winners from area games will move on to compete in the Special Olympics State Summer Games at Illinois State University in June.
Simon says the athletes put a great deal of time and energy into preparing for the games and she looks forward to cheering for them.
Other Special Olympics games are being held across the state starting Friday.