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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The 28th annual Kanto Plains Special Olympics will take place this weekend at Yokota Air Base.

The event is expected to bring more than 300 athletes and 700 volunteers together from various Japanese schools and organizations throughout the Kanto Plain. Ten of the athletes competing will be representing Department of Defense Dependents Schools from Yokota, Camp Zama, Yokosuka Naval Base and Naval Air Facility Atsugi.

“It’s great to see so many people come together for the benefit of others,” said Master Sgt. William Boswell, vice director of the event.

The games begin at 9:15 a.m. Saturday morning at Bonk Field with the Parade of Hope, playing of the U.S. and Japanese national anthems and opening remarks by the grand marshal and other distinguished visitors.

The events during the games will take place at three different venues across Yokota.

Track and field events including the high jump, 50-meter dash and 400-meter relay take place at Bonk Field, while swimming events and bowling will be held at the Natatorium and at Tomodachi Lanes, respectively.

Events will run till 3 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The games will not affect base traffic pattern as no roads will be closed. However, base officials do advise residents and visitors to be careful on the roads near the three venues.

Stars and Stripes reporter Vince Little contributed to this story.

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