Athletes ‘go for the gold’ at Special Olympics Summer Games

More than 1,400 athletes from around the Commonwealth will go for the gold in powerlifting, swimming, track and field, softball, tennis and bowling this weekend June 8-9 during the 2012 Special Olympics Summer Games.

Summer Games competitions will be held at various locations around the region tomorrow, beginning at 9 a.m.: Softball – Glen Allen Softball Complex, 2175 Mountain Rd.; Powerlifting, track and field, wheelchair athletics, softball skills and tennis – University of Richmond; Swimming – St. Catherine’s School, 6001 Grove Ave.; and bowling – AMF Hanover Lanes, 7317 Bell Creek Rd. and Bowl America Short Pump, 4400 Pouncey Tract Rd.

New for 2012, a Young Athletes “Fun Run” will take place at 9:45 a.m. on the track at the University of Richmond. The 25M run is aimed at introducing athletes age 2-10 to Special Olympics.

Also included in Saturday's festivities will be a special presentation from Coca-Cola, a founding partner of Special Olympics, at noon at the track and field awards; the Olympic Towne Festival, featuring a variety of games, entertainment and displays for athletes and the general public; and the Healthy Athletes expo, which runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Athletes will again gather at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the University of Richmond’s Robins Center for the Closing Ceremony and Victory Dance.

For those unable to attend, Rising Up Sports will be live streaming the aquatics competition from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Tune in at http://www.specialolympicsva.org/SummerGamesLive or http://www.risingupsports.com.
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The Henrico County Police Division will provide rabies vaccines for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to noon at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road.

Pet owners must register and pay at the cashier’s office in the Administration Building before seeing a veterinarian on the first level of the adjacent parking deck. Each vaccine costs $10 and must be paid in cash. A rabies tag and certificate of inoculation are included.

Pets from all localities are welcome. Cats must be in carriers. Under Virginia law, dogs and cats 4 months of age and older must be vaccinated for rabies.

Henrico dog licenses will be available for $10 for a one-year license and $15 for a three-year license. Officers will be available to discuss license options and vaccination requirements. For details, call the Animal Protection Unit at (804) 727-8801. Full text

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