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  • Support boxing and soccer and help two worthy causes at Kino Sports Complex

    Nov 17, 2016 | Read More News
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    Special Olympics ArizonaHead over to Kino Sports Complex Nov. 18-19 in support of two worthy causes – the Unified Sports movement and local youth charities. 

    The Arizona Special Olympics debuts at Kino Sports Complex with the USA vs. Mexico Unified Fútbol Invitational Tournament Nov. 18-19. The event brings together eight Unified Sports soccer teams from Arizona and Mexico to compete for first and second place while also raising awareness for the Unified Sports movement.

    Unified Sports teams join people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. The players are generally similar in age and athletic ability. This tournament will feature players between the ages of 15-21 who have previously participated in a Unified Sports team. 

    “Our goal is to provide additional competition opportunities to our athletes,” said Jamie Heckerman, senior director of area operations and quality control. “In addition to raising awareness, part of our movement is building our unified sports and creating relationships between our athletes from other countries.”

    The tournament will take place at the Kino North Complex, 2817 E. Ajo Way, Nov. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m and Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Game locations will vary throughout the North Complex fields and Grandstand. Admission and parking is free.

    An opening ceremony honoring the eight participating teams will take place Friday before the tournament gets underway. At 4 p.m., once the last game has ended, spectators are invited to partake in the Unified Sports Experience, where they can play alongside some of the players and experience the Special Olympics first-hand. 

    The winning teams will receive their medals and ribbons during an awards ceremony at 2 p.m. on Saturday. 

    For more details on the USA vs. Mexico Unified Fútbol Invitational Tournament, visit the Arizona Special Olympics website

    Also on Nov. 19, Kino Sports Complex will, for the first time, host the Battle of Badges boxing event at the Kino North Complex in the soccer stadium. Gates open at 5 p.m. The fights start at 7 p.m. and end by 10 p.m.

    Law enforcement officers and first responders from various local jurisdictions will step into the ring and face off in a series of matches. Event proceeds will benefit local youth charities, such as Kids and Cops, Tucson Youth Development, Bikes in a Box, and others.  

    Buy your $20 general admission tickets online or at the gate. For information on VIP and reserved seating tickets, call (520) 272-6393. To see the fight card, visit the Battle of Badges Facebook page

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