SEATTLE – From July 1-6, more than 4,000 athletes and coaches from across the United States will gather in Seattle to compete before tens of thousands of spectators and volunteers at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. Starting Sunday, Special Olympics athletes and coaches will experience a memorable week full of special events and competitions in 14 team and individual sports.
Among those will be Team Massachusetts, including Abby Tetrault of Hyannis. Abby is in her fifteenth year with Special Olympics. She has competed in track & field, swimming, soccer and basketball. In 2010, Abby was a member of the Massachusetts swim team and competed at the Special Olympics USA Games in Nebraska. She will be competing in track & field in Seattle.
Team Massachusetts’ journey at the USA Games will begin with the Opening Ceremony on Sunday, July 1, where they will march in the Parade of Athletes in front of thousands of spectators at the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium. ABC will broadcast the Opening Ceremony live starting at 3:30 p.m. ET.
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About the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games
The 2018 USA Games will showcase the limitless talents of people with intellectual disabilities while promoting the barrier-breaking power of sport to promote inclusion and acceptance. The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will be held in Seattle, Washington July 1-6, 2018. More than 4,000 participants representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, along with the support of tens of thousands of volunteers and spectators, will compete in 14 Olympic-type team and individual sports: athletics (track and field), basketball, bocce, bowling, flag football, golf, gymnastics, powerlifting, soccer, softball, stand up paddle boarding, swimming, tennis and volleyball. The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will celebrate the Special Olympics movement and its 50th anniversary; promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport; and showcase athletes from throughout the U.S. and the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. The 2018 USA Games will also highlight Special Olympics’ work in sport, education, health and community-building.
“We are looking forward to rolling out the red carpet for the athletes, coaches and visitors who’ll be traveling to Seattle for the USA Games in July 2018,” said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. “These games will be the biggest sporting event to hit the Seattle area in more than 25 years. It is an honor to host this world-class event and model to the rest of the nation what it means to be a community that embraces the ideals of diversity, acceptance and inclusion.”
Competitions will be held at venues across the Seattle area including the University of Washington, Celebration Park, Kenmore Lanes, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center and Willows Run Golf Club.
“The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will showcase the life and society-changing power of Special Olympics,” said Marc Edenzon, president and managing director of Special Olympics North America. “There is no better way to begin Special Olympics’ 50th anniversary global celebration in July of 2018 than with this world-class event that will demonstrate to the nation how we use sport to change hearts and minds and build communities of inclusion for all.”
“The 2018 USA Games are on track to be an inspiring and powerful celebration for all involved. Whether you’re an athlete, volunteer, donor or spectator, the 2018 USA Games will be a life-changing experience you won’t want to miss,” said Beth Knox, president and CEO of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. “As Special Olympics athletes train to reach their highest potential we invite the nation to ‘Rise With Us’ and join the movement to shatter perceptions surrounding people with intellectual disabilities.”
In addition to athletic competitions, the 2018 USA Games will feature music, entertainment and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Events open to the public include:
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Microsoft, Kaiser Permanente, ESPN, The Coca-Cola Company, Bank of America, KPMG, Starbucks, Brooks Running Company, The Boeing Company, Alaska Airlines