The opening ceremony for the Special Olympics Alaska Summer Games is tonight. Organizers say the goal this year is striving to do your personal best.

More than 400 athletes, coaches and volunteers will be in Anchorage to compete, coach or cheer each other on. This year, the organization is celebrating their 50th anniversary. 

The opening ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, hosted in the East High School auditorium. The anniversary celebration will be held Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Special Olympics Alaska Jim Balamaci Training Center. There will be a closing ceremony on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in the Dimond High School Main Gym.

According to a press release about the event, the Special Olympics serves more than 2,000 athletes in 10 communities around Alaska. Athletes from all over the state are competing this weekend from Anchorage, Central Peninsula, Fairbanks, Homer, Juneau, Ketchikan, Kodiak, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and Valdez.

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