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Special Olympics Great Britain National Games, which is coming to Sheffield in 2017, is set to be boosted by a new partnership with Owlerton Greyhound Stadium.

Owlerton has become a Games Friend and has pledged to support the event over the next 12 months.

Held every four years, the flagship Special Olympics GB National Summer Games is the country’s largest multi-sports event for athletes with intellectual (learning) disabilities.

The 10th National Summer Games will see 2,600 athletes compete in 19 sports across a number of venues in Sheffield between 7 and 12 August 2017.

As well a donation, Owlerton will be organising two high-profile fundraisers for Special Olympics GB next year – a gentlemen’s evening in February and a black tie event in July.

Owlerton will also promote the event in its racecards and on TV monitors and hoardings around the stadium.

John Gilburn, managing director of Owlerton Stadium said: “We’re really proud to be supporting Special Olympics GB’s National Games and the whole Owlerton team is excited about getting started on our year of fundraising.

“We’ve already planned two fantastic charity events for 2017 which we hope will go a long way towards our target.

“As a Sheffield sporting institution, it’s an honour to be supporting such a special event for the city which uses the power of sport to transform lives.”

Karen Wallin, CEO of Special Olympics GB, commented: “We are thrilled with this commitment from Owlerton to support our 2,600 athletes and National Games in Sheffield next year. The spirit of help from the people of this great city – like that shown by Owlerton – has been fantastic. We still need more support to reach our targets and to make the Games the success they need to be for our athletes with learning disabilities – so we would be thrilled to hear from the business community.”