Keesler hosts 2017 Special Olympics

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Keesler is set to host the 2017 Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games, May 19-20.

Events begin Friday, May 19 with an opening ceremony at 5:30 p.m. at the Levitow Training Support Facility, followed by the arrival of the "Flame of Hope" at 6 p.m. at the base’s White Avenue Gate.

Sporting events begin Saturday, May 20 at 9 a.m. and include track and field, weightlifting, aquatics, and bowling among others, and events conclude at the closing ceremony at 7:30 p.m.

For the most up-to-date schedule you can visit Keesler’s 2017 SOMS page or download the Keesler Air Force Base App available in the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store to get access to the SOMS sections of the app located in the Special Events section.

For additional on 2017 SOMS you can also visit the following social media sites: Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Any media interested in covering this event should contact the Public Affairs office by 4 p.m., Thursday, May 18, at (228) 377-2783 or via email at Any media interested in covering SOMS events on base will need to meet with a PA representative outside base at the Pass Road gate on either day of the event.