Opening Ceremony

This tailgating inspired party will kick off the 10 weeks of friendly competition! With food & drinks, the presentation of colors, the national anthem, the lighting of the torch, Special Olympics Athlete parade and events, there will be plenty to do! Add in the Great Walkwith a few other activities you have some of the ingredients of earning your companies spirit stick and a chance to win the coveted TAILGATE AWARD for most spirit!

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Date: Friday, August 10 5:30 p.m.

Rain-Out: Call the Weather Line for the most current information:
972-744-4301. If Rained out, this event will not be rescheduled.

Location:
Galatyn Plaza
2351 Performance Drive
Richardson, TX 75082

Schedule of Events:

12:00 PM Company Load In Begins
4:00 PM Vehicles off the Plaza please
5:30 PM The Great Walk Opens!
6:00 PM Welcome from Mayor Voelker
6:15 PM Presentation of Colors and National Anthem
6:25 PM Special Olympics Athlete Parade
6:45 PM Lighting of the Torch
6:55 PM Special Athletes Activity - Water Balloon Toss
7:00 PM The Great Walk Closes
7:15 PM The Executive Relay
7:45 PM Awards Presentation
8:00 PM Party Over...Get in the Game!

Tailgate Award
We have judges who will be walking around scoping out the spirit at all company tents!

What are they looking for? Can they identify who you are? Can they hear you? Be sure to turn up the spirit!!

Load In
Each company will need to enter the site via Performance Drive. You will be permitted to drive up to your space and unload your items, however you will need to move your vehicles once you are done setting up. This will allow everyone the chance to pull up to their space.
*You will not have access to drive into the plaza after 3:30*

NO VEHICLES WIL BE PERMITTED TO PARK BEHIND THE SPACES. ALL CARS WILL NEED TO BE PARKED IN THE DESIGNATED PARKING GARAGE, NO EXCEPTIONS.

Let the games office know if you will have caterers who will need on-site parking. The staging area is for commercial catering vehicles only. (This area will be marked on the map)

Parking
Parking will be available on site and adjacent to the area. Map

Tents
All tents will be set-up and ready for move in on Friday. Every company will be provided a 10x10 space. If you made a special request, you received it, unless you were notified by staff individually.

Tables/Chairs
For those of you who ordered through us, your items will be on-site Friday! Please be sure to stack them the way you find them at the close of the evening to avoid additional charges. If you have not yet submitted payment please do so as soon as possible!

Electricity
There is electricity available on the Plaza. If your company requested a power source (and were able to get it) – we will be on site to point you in the right direction. You must provide your own extensions cords (25ft should be sufficient) If you did not request electricity, we will not be able to accommodate once on site.

Grills:
No coals, Gas (propane) grills or catering only.

Containers:
No glass containers, canned drinks and plastic bottles only.

The Great Walk :
The 1-Mile route will take you through the Galatyn Woodland Preserve. Encourage everyone to walk as participation points will be counted. Stop at the start tent to pick up a token for each walker. You will drop your token off at the mid-way point. Companies will compete against their own division and be ranked based on total participants. You must be at the mid-point by 7:00 to receive participation points for your company.

Pets:
Pets are NOT allowed at this event.

Thank you for your cooperation!