SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- Springfield will host the Missouri Special Olympics in 2015.
The announcement came Monday at Missouri State University. The summer games will use MSU and Drury University facilities, and have new sporting activities including aquatics, track and field, volleyball, soccer and powerlifting.
More than 17,000 athletes participate throughout the state.
Competition Coordinator Susan Shaffer said, "This is a great opportunity to give back to the community and to kids with special needs. You learn more from them than you thought you were actually going to get. I think it's very good to open doors to a lot of people who want to be involved in their communities. This is an opportunity that they can come out and volunteer."
The last time the Missouri Special Olympics were in Springfield was in 2011. The event is scheduled for the weekend of May 29.