Special Olympics North Region Games on Saturday

More than 200 athletes from Santa Barbara County as well as Kern, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties will compete at the North Region Games of the Special Olympics on Saturday at the Hagerman Sports Complex in Santa Maria.

The festivities kick off at 9:30 a.m., with Opening Ceremonies. The Parade of Athletes will feature athletes from each county represented at the games. Honored guests will lead the athletes as they march across the field before the lighting of the Special Olympics Torch, signifying the beginning of the games.

Competition in soccer, softball and tennis gets started at 10 a.m. and continues through 4 p.m.