The Massachusetts Special Olympics basketball tournament will be held at Auburn High School for the 6th straight year.  The games will be running all day Saturday and Sunday.  The public is welcome and encouraged to attend and cheer on these great athletes.

State Rep. Paul Frost delivers the Athletes' Oath at the 2013 Special Olympics.  Photo John Anderson

State Rep. Paul Frost delivers the Athletes’ Oath at the 2013 Special Olympics. Photo John Anderson

“This has become a great event for Auburn and for the Special Olympics” says Auburn Recreation and Culture Director, Kristen Pappas.  Pappas and the Recreation and Culture Department has coordinated the event from the town side each year of the competition.  “Every year we get great feedback from the participants and families and guests” continues Pappas.  “We are happy they want to come back year after year.”

As always, the opening ceremony on Saturday will feature local dignitaries and talent.  Auburn Middle School student, Shea Brown will sing the National Anthem.  State Senator Michael Moore will deliver an opening address, and State Representative Paul Frost will lead the Athletes’ Oath. The Chester P. Tuttle Post 279 will be presenting colors.

The Auburn Webster Elks is providing lunches to all athletes and their families.  Arcade Snacks and Dole Foods have donated snacks for the event.  “The donors and volunteers really make this event special” said Pappas.

Recreation and Culture assistant Melissa Standring has been working hard coordinating and seeking volunteer staffers for the Olympic Town attraction.  The AHS cafeteria is transformed into a play and dance area with activities for the kids.  Boy Scouts from Troop 53 and Auburn Girl Scouts will help out both days, but Standring would like to have more people help out.  “We ask people to do 2 hour shifts, and there are 6 or 8 stations so we still need more people” she says.  Anyone willing to help can call the Rec and Culture office at (508) 832-7736.

There will also be a number of vendors to appeal to visitors of all ages.  Coco’s Tropical Ice will be serving up several flavors.  The Auburn Recreation and Culture Committee will be operating a

Players high five at least year's tournament.  Photo John Anderson

Players high five at last year’s tournament. Photo John Anderson

Healthy Athlete concession stand.  There will also be free samples of Muscle Milk on Saturday.  You can also do some spring shopping at craft tables such as Scentsy, Kathy Hanson Jewelry, Honey Bee Crafts, and Glass Illuminations.

Basketball games will be running Saturday from 10am to 4pm, and Sunday from 9am to 3pm.  The Auburn High School and Auburn Middle School cheerleaders will be there rooting on the athletes.  Why not stop by for an hour or two and join the cheering!