Harding University to host the 2022 Special Olympics Arkansas Summer Games

Harding University will host the 2022 Special Olympics Arkansas Summer Games May 12-13. This year’s theme is “Breakthrough.” Athletes will compete in sports including track & field, powerlifting, swimming, tennis, flag football and more.

“We are excited to have the Special Olympics Arkansas Summer Games back in Searcy and back on Harding’s campus,” said Dr. John Richard Duke, executive director of the American Studies Institute. “The Special Olympics Arkansas staff is great to work with, and each athletes’ brave pursuit of excellence inspires everyone involved.”

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics began Monday, May 9, commencing a three day journey in which officers will carry the “Flame of Hope” from all four corners of the state. The final leg is set to complete the last 50 miles to Searcy Wednesday, May 11, bringing awareness for Special Olympics Arkansas athletes and the Summer Games.

“2022 Summer Games still look a little different as we ease back in from the pandemic, but I am confident it will carry the same excitement for each athlete competing,” said Terri Weir, CEO Special Olympics Arkansas. “We are excited to welcome the SOAR family and our partners to Harding’s campus for Breakthrough 2022 Special Olympics Arkansas Summer Games.”

The opening ceremonies will be livestreamed Wednesday, May 11. All teams and individuals will receive their awards the day of their competition. 

For more information, visit specialolympicsarkansas.org. Volunteers will be stationed on Burks Blvd. to welcome athletes and families as they arrive on campus Thursday and Friday, May 12-13. For other Harding events and free and low cost services available to the public, visit www.harding.edu/community

About Harding University

Harding University is a private Christian, liberal arts university located in Searcy, Arkansas. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, it is the largest private university in the state. Harding’s student body represents students from across the U.S. and more than 50 nations and territories. The University offers more than 100 undergraduate majors; more than 15 pre professional programs; more than 40 graduate and professional programs; as well as numerous study abroad opportunities including locations in Australasia, Peru, England, Greece, Italy and Zambia. For more information, visit harding.edu.

About Special Olympics Arkansas

Special Olympics Arkansas is an organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport every day around the state. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics Arkansas is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, solving the global injustice, isolation, intolerance and inactivity they face. Special Olympics Arkansas is providing opportunities for more than 15,000 athletes and 5,000 volunteers in all counties across the state of Arkansas. SpecialOlympicsArkansas.org