STEVENS POINT, Wis. — Competition for the Special Olympics Wisconsin Summer Games is getting underway in Stevens Point.

Training throughout the year culminates this weekend when more than 1,500 athletes with cognitive disabilities compete in track events, soccer, power lifting and aquatics.

It's the 36th year that the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has hosted the games. In addition to the athletes, about 500 coaches and 800 volunteers make sure the competition Friday and Saturday runs smoothly.

An opening ceremony Thursday night on campus kicked off the event. Law enforcement officers from across the state participating in a torch run to mark the official start of the games.