Exactly one week from now and the University of Twente will be populated by more than 3,000 G-sports athletes and coaches, who will have the Campus as their home base. In other words, the Special Olympics National Games Twente 2022 are about to start. In the weekend of 10 to 12 June, people with a mental disability will be playing sports all over Twente. Come and take a look!
Machteld Roos, vice-chairman of the UT Executive Board and board member of the National Games: "The UT is very proud to welcome all athletes and supervisors of this major event to the Special Olympics Village on the Campus. It's fantastic that this national and inclusive event is being organised with so much enthusiasm by many partners and volunteers from the region and our own community. The UT is all about people. We are committed to being inclusive and connecting people. Sport creates an inclusive society worldwide. With Special Olympics National Games Twente, we are giving this a positive impulse together."
Opening ceremony with athlete parade
The event will officially start on 10 June with a grand opening ceremony and athletes' parade in the Fanny Blankers Koen Stadium in Hengelo. The moment of the Special Olympics flame and oath, joy and fun. The opening will be presented by Erik Dijkstra and Gregory Sedoc. You can reserve tickets via the website.
Sports programme across the region of Twente
Throughout the weekend, there will be side activities in the Special Olympics Village on the Campus, such as Healthy Athletes and a sports and games afternoon on Saturday 11 June. All sports are distributed across Twente's 14 municipalities, so check the event website for all information.
International top tournament on the Campus
DHC's hockey fields are the battleground for the Special Olympics Invitational Field Hockey Tournament. An international top tournament for G-hockey, in which countries like Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Great Britain and Ireland participate. The tournament is organised by DHC.