Special Olympics in Cape Girardeau to boost economy

By Laura Wibbenmeyer - bio | email

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The 2010 Special Olympics State Outdoor Championships are coming to Cape Girardeau Friday, August 13.  Games management team chair, Troy Vaughn, says this will be the perfect time to showcase Cape Girardeau.

"This is the first time in the history of our city that we've actually had a statewide competition coming to Cape Girardeau from other areas in the state," said Vaughn. "We're excited and its the first of a four year program and four year commitment that the city of Cape has made."

Executive Director of Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau, Chuck Martin, says with lodging, food and other necessities the local impact will be huge.

"You probably have in the neighborhood of about 2,000 support folks that will be coming," said Martin.

And that 2,000 combined with several hundred athletes will mean big bucks for the area.

"You're easily talking about a weekend economic impact surpassing $400,000," said Martin.

He says this will benefit more than just local business owners.

"Cape Girardeau is driven off of sales tax and this money helps provide the basic services in the city. It really is a win win for the community," said Martin.

Volunteers are ready to go but the athletes still need your help.  Everyone is invited to join in the fun and support the athletes at all the events taking place throughout the weekend.

Heat may be a factor through the weekend so please check the schedule for possible changes.

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