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LANCASTER -- More than 600 competitors from as far away as San Diego and Santa Barbara will be in Lancaster today for the Antelope Valley Special Olympics' 29th annual Hi-Desert Classic.

One of the largest meets of its kind in Southern California, the event culminates the year-round sports training programs for Antelope Valley children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

The all-day games in track, bowling, gymnastics, bocce, basketball and swimming will start at 9:30 a.m., with opening ceremonies and a parade of competitors in Marauder Stadium at Antelope Valley College. Admission is free.

Lancaster High School's Junior ROTC color guard and the Tehachapi Mountain Pipes and Drums will lead the parade.

The lighting of an Olympic torch will signify the beginning of the games.

Basketball, bocce and track competition will be held at the college. Swimming competition will be at Lancaster's Eastside Pool, bowling at Brunswick Sands Bowl in Lancaster, and gymnastics at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds.

Lunch for the competitors will be provided by the Italian Catholic Federation of Sacred Heart Church in Lancaster and by the Submachine restaurant.

The area director for the event, Dennis Wick, said most of the volunteers are from the Lancaster High Junior ROTC, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints youth groups, State Farm Insurance agencies, Starwood employees, the Boeing Co., the Palmdale Kiwanis Club and Foresters of Antelope Valley. Antelope Ambulance Co. is providing support.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Jun 9, 2007

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