"Celebrate Our Spirit" will be the theme of the California Special Olympics 1986 Summer Games being held today through Sunday at UCLA.
The event is the culmination of a year-round program of training and competition for mentally retarded athletes. There will be 2,500 athletes competing in eight official events: track and field, gymnastics, aquatics, basketball, softball, bowling, soccer and volleyball. There will also be a tennis demonstration tournament, sports clinics, social activities and an exhibition of art created by Special Olympians.
Opening ceremonies with a parade of athletes and fireworks will begin at 6 p.m. today, with competition set to start at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and closing ceremonies at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.