Events and Ceremonies

The 2018 USA Games will feature a number of events and ceremonies that will take place during the week of the Games, July 1-6 2018. All sporting events are free and open to the public.


law enforcement torch run final leg | June 27 – July 1

presented by western washington toyota dealers association

47 law enforcement officers and 6 Special Olympics athletes will carry the Special Olympics Flame of Hope throughout Washington State and light the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony on July 1 at Husky Stadium

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espn | special Olympics Unified Sports Challenge - community division June 29 | centurylink field north plaza

presented by espn

Join us in our efforts to embody the spirit of inclusion and bring your team of four to compete in Olympiad sport activities such as hotshot basketball, golf putting, oversized darts and more. Teams are paired with a Special Olympics Washington athlete and a law enforcement officer or fire department personnel. Top performing fundraising teams will have a local celebrity from Seattle sports or entertainment join their team


WELCOME DAYs | June 29-30 | Sea-Tac International Airport

Presented by united airlines and the port of seattle

Fans and volunteers welcome more than 4,000 athletes, coaches and delegates to Seattle


Seattle sounders vs. Portland timbers | june 30 | Centurylink field

Calling all soccer fans! Kick off the week of the 2018 USA Games with the best rivalry in Major League Soccer, as our hometown Seattle Sounders FC take on the Portland Timbers.

Buy a ticket for this game, celebrating the 2018 USA Games in Seattle, and receive a limited edition scarf!

Open to everybody


OPENING CEREMONy | July 1 | Husky Stadium | 12:30 pm | gates open - 11:00 am

presented by microsoft

Parade of Athletes and entertainment including Charlie Puth, Marshmello, Allen Stone, Ann Wilson of Heart, Massive Monkees and more! Taye Diggs will serve as the master of ceremonies while the 2,018 member choir will serve as the living backdrop. Plus, the lighting of the Special Olympics Cauldron to open the 2018 USA Games

*Please note that ONLY clear bags will be allowed inside Husky Stadium

Tickets just $20


espn | special Olympics Unified Sports Challenge - executive division July 1 | husky ballpark

presented by espn

Immediately following the Opening Ceremony, executives and their employees, celebrities and Special Olympics athletes will compete in multiple Unified Sports challenges to demonstrate the power of inclusion, of playing Unified and raising funds for Special Olympics and the local Seattle community

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SPECIAL OLYMPICS TOWN | July 1-5 | Husky Union Building | 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm Closed July 4th

presented by the ginger and barry ackerley foundation

Entertainment and activities created just for the athletes

For athletes only


FAN ZONE | July 1-6 | Husky Stadium north Plaza

July 1, 9:00 am-12:00 pm & 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

july 2-3, 9:00 am-9:00 pm | july 4-6, 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Live music, exhibits, and activities entertain athletes and spectators around the Opening Ceremony and competitions

Open to everybody


HEALTHY ATHLETES | July 1-6 | Husky Union Building

July 1, 6:00 pm-8:30 pm | july 2-3, 2:00 pm-8:00 pm

July 4-6, 11:00 am-4:00 pm

presented by kaiser permanente

Volunteer health professionals provide free, critical health screenings and educational sessions for athletes

for athletes only


xbox gaming tournament | JULY 2 | lyceum room, HUSKY union building | 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Pilot video gaming tournament where eight Unified teams will compete head to head in Forza Motorsport 7


future of inclusion forum | July 2 | the bagley wright theatre at seattle repertory theatre | 7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Presented by accenture and f5

A night of inclusion and inspiration with some of the most important leaders championing change in our communities showcasing individual and organizational game-changing inclusivity policies and actions, the Future of Inclusion Forum will celebrate Seattle as the City of Inclusion

Tickets just $20


Volunteers, sponsor employees, families, and friends invited to break down barriers, promote inclusion, and have fun by trying their hand at Special Olympics Unified Sports


YOUNG ATHLETES FESTIVAL | July 2-3 | Seattle Center | 10:00 am-2:00 pm | July 5 | University of Washington | 10:00 am-2:00 pm

presented by nordstrom

A celebration of sports, activities, and inclusion for the next generation of athletes, ages 2 to 7, with resources and guidance for parents

open to everybody


YOUTH LEADERSHIP Experience | July 2-5

presented by hasbro

2 youth leaders representing 37 delegations will develop skills that will allow them to extend their leadership abilities in the Special Olympics movement through their schools, communities and across the state

For participants only

USA Games familY 4th | July 4 | 5:00 pm-9:00 pm

presented by coca-cola

Athletes and delegates celebrate the Fourth with an old-fashioned All-American picnic and dance party

Athletes/Families/Officials Welcome



Join the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games for an exciting night with the Seattle Mariners! Special Olympic athletes, coaches, and support staff from across the country will celebrate together when the Seattle Mariners take on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

open to everybody




A career coaching event where athletes and other individuals with intellectual disabilities will embark on a trip through a series of stations to assess, polish and present their skills to commercial employers


CLOSING CEREMONy | July 6 | lake union park | 7:00 pm

presented by amazon

Attendees will celebrate athlete successes and the culmination of the 2018 USA Games, while enjoying music by Seattle band Hey Marseilles, mobile food trucks, festive street performers and a short program.

free and open to the public