Nearly 2,000 Special Olympics Delaware athletes and Unified partners — peers without a disability — representing 77 schools will compete in soccer events across the state during the next several weeks.

Events are set for 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. on various dates:

— April 18 at Polytech High School, 823 Walnut Shade Road, Woodside, for Kent/Sussex County middle and high schools. Fifteen schools, 300 students, eight Unified teams.

— April 30 at University of Delaware, 210 S. College Ave., Newark, for New Castle County elementary schools. Twenty-three schools, 542 students, 15 Unified teams.

— May 1 at Kirkwood Soccer Club, 1220 River Road, New Castle, for New Castle County middle and high schools. Eighteen schools, 482 students, 22 Unified teams.

— May 2 at Delaware Turf Sports Complex, 4000 Bay Road, Milford, for Kent/Sussex County elementary schools. Twenty-one schools, 659 students, 25 Unified teams.

At the competitions, athletes participate individually or with a unified partner in skills competitions, or on unified teams in five-on-five round-robin tournaments. A record 70 teams from all levels are playing in the unified tournaments.

High school students and other companies and organizations will volunteer at the events.

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