GREAT FALLS – The Special Olympics Montana 2019 Summer Games officially began in Great Falls on Wednesday evening at the C.M. Russell Fieldhouse with the Opening Ceremonies.
Representative athletes from each team were introduced at the beginning of the ceremony, from small teams like Opheim to bigger teams like Billings.
Athletes and Special Olympics supporters and family members danced to live music, watched acrobatics and witnesses the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
Officers formed the circle of hope as Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter and Special Olympics Montana athlete-of-the-year carried the Flame of Hope into the Fieldhouse, where they ignited the cauldron, signifying the official beginning of the Summer Games.
The Games continue Thursday and Friday with the closing ceremonies taking place in Memorial Stadium at 8 a.m. Friday morning.