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Marlborough to host new Special Olympics Massachusetts sports tournament

METRO WEST DAILY NEWS – Special Olympics Massachusetts will host a sports tournament in the City of Marlborough and surrounding towns Aug. 27-28, 2016.

The inaugural two-day event will include approximately 1,000 Special Olympics athletes from around the Commonwealth participating in bocce, cycling, golf and softball. The tournament will focus primarily on “Unified Sports,” a Special Olympics initiative where athletes with and without disabilities participate together as teammates.

During the official announcement at the Yawkey Sports Training Center in Marlborough on Sept. 16, president and CEO of Special Olympics Massachusetts Marybeth McMahon said she anticipates adding more sports and growing the event in the coming years.

ForeKicks in Marlborough and the New England Baseball Complex in Northborough are among the confirmed competition venues. Local youth and school groups, along with corporate partners, will run the tournament on a volunteer basis. Participants will lodge at hotels in Marlborough.

Based on the National Association of Sports Commissions Economic Impact Calculator, the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation estimates that the tournament will have a regional economic impact of close to $250,000 and bring thousands of visitors to the region.

This article originally appeared here.