Special Olympics Utah Coming to Cedar City
In a significant development, a three-year agreement has been announced between Southern Utah University (SUU), Special Olympics Utah, and the ShowUp Foundation to host the 'Special Olympics Utah Summer Games' on the SUU campus, starting in 2025. This collaboration, unveiled at the Utah State Capitol Rotunda during 'SUU Day,' involves Special Olympics Utah partnering with SUU through the Larry H. Miller Utah Summer Games, marking the kickoff to USG’s June programming calendar. The ShowUp Foundation is set to provide volunteer support, community engagement, and partnership opportunities for the event.
The ceremony witnessed key speakers such as Utah First Lady Abby Cox, SUU President Mindy Benson, Special Olympics Utah CEO Scott Weaver, and Jon Oglesby, the Executive Director of the Larry H. Miller Utah Summer Games. The agreement was formalized through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by these individuals.
SUU President Benson expressed enthusiasm about hosting the Special Olympics Utah Summer Games, emphasizing the partnership's potential for expanded opportunities, increased statewide collaboration, and a high-quality experience for athletes and fans. Utah First Lady Abby Cox highlighted the significance of the event for individuals with intellectual disabilities, stressing the joy of sports and the profound connections fostered through shared experiences. She also noted the event's alignment with the inclusion revolution in the state, offering athletes increased opportunities to connect, compete, and showcase their talents.
Scott Weaver, President/CEO of Special Olympics Utah, expressed excitement about the partnership with SUU, anticipating a high-quality competition experience for over 500 Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners. The Larry H. Miller Utah Summer Games, an established sporting competition in the state since 1986, will serve as the backdrop for the Special Olympics Utah Summer Games. With over 40 sporting events, it attracts diverse teams and athletes to Cedar City. The event, viewed through the lens of promoting educational opportunity, economic development, and healthy lifestyles, reflects the commitment to achieving unique goals in partnership ventures.