Team Indiana Heads to Seattle for 2018 Special Olympics USA Games
Special Olympics athletes from across Indiana will travel from Indianapolis to Seattle this weekend and compete in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games July 1-6.
INDIANAPOLIS —More than 75 Special Olympics Indiana athletes, unified partners, and coaches will make their way to Seattle for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games this weekend. Collectively known as Team Indiana, this select group will join thousands of Special Olympics athletes and coaches—along with tens of thousands of volunteers and fans—from across the nation for a week of competition and special events, July 1-6.
“These Games are the culmination of more than a year of intense training and preparation,” said Special Olympics Indiana President & CEO Jeff Mohler, who also serves as head coach for Team Indiana. “I’m proud to be part of this team and excited to see our athletes get what might be a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent Indiana on a national stage.”
The members of Team Indiana will depart from the Indianapolis International Airport in two groups, with send-off parties and media availability scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. They will begin their USA Games experience 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 12:30 p.m. PT/3:30 p.m. ET.
Additional coverage of the Games will be provided by ESPN, including live streaming of competition on ESPN 3 and daily features across all ESPN platforms. Details are available at https://es.pn/2Kjyo4R.
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ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS INDIANA
Special Olympics Indiana is a nonprofit organization that is a part of the global Special Olympics movement, using sport, health, education, and leadership programs every day around the world to end discrimination against and empower people with intellectual disabilities. Founded in 1969, Special Olympics Indiana has grown to more than 14,000 athletes and unified partners in virtually every county throughout the state. With the support of nearly 10,000 coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics Indiana provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in more than 20 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities at no cost to the participants. Learn more by visiting www.soindiana.org.
ABOUT THE 2018 SPECIAL OLYMPICS USA GAMES
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, with the support of tens of thousands of volunteers and spectators, will compete in 14 Olympic-type team and individual sports. The 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 Games also will highlight Special Olympics’ work in sport, education, health and community-building. For more information on the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, please visit SpecialOlympicsUSAGames.org and follow on Facebook (@SpecialOlympicsUSAGames), Twitter (@2018USAGames), and Instagram (@SpecialOlympicsUSAGames).
Kelly Ries, Director of Advancement
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