Special day for New Hampshire athletes

The Merrimack Tigers enter the opening ceremonies Friday morning at the New Hampshire Special Olympics at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

The 43rd edition of the Special Olympics New Hampshire Summer Games kicked off at 3 p.m. Thursday at the tennis courts at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

More than 950 athletes from across the state have gathered at the university to participate in three days of competition.

This year, the games include six categories: aquatics, athletics, bocce, equestrian, power-lifting and tennis.

In addition to the athletic competition, a number of events were scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Activities this year include free health screenings to participating competitors through the Healthy Athletes program, a victory celebration dance, fireworks and various ceremonies.