2018 Special Olympics USA Games Announce Pro Sports Partnerships & Celebrity Ambassadors


October 06, 2016 | Seattle, Washington

Press Release

Rise with Us! The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games announced partnerships with regional professional sports franchises and the support of some of the community's most respected athletes and leaders in entertainment, at a press conference in the Home Interview Room at CenturyLink Field. Bob Rondeau, the voice of the University of Washington's football and basketball teams, served as emcee for the 30-minute event.

Games Ambassadors
The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games is building a powerful team of influential celebrities from the worlds of sports, entertainment, and the arts to serve as official Games Ambassadors, helping amplify the Special Olympics message of diversity, inclusion, and unity.

Seattle Seahawks legends Jordan Babineaux and Marcus Trufant revealed the roster of 2018 USA Games Ambassadors. More than two dozen Games Ambassadors, including Apolo Ohno, Gary Payton, Duff McKagan and Susan Holmes McKagan, Dave Krieg, Kasey Keller, and Breanna Stewart, will promote the USA Games and to serve as inspiration to the Special Olympics athletes. View complete list of Games Ambassadors

Professional Sports Partnerships
Also rallying behind the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games are the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Storm, Seattle Reign FC, Seattle Saracens, Seattle University and the University of Washington. These franchises and regional institutions committed their support, engagement, and influence in the community to raise awareness about the Games and the abilities of the athletes from across the country who will compete. They will:

Identify current and former athletes and coaches to serve as Games Ambassadors,
provide financial or fundraising support to the Games,
promote Special Olympics athletes and the 2018 USA Games at one or more home games, and through social media,
and engage players and coaches in training clinics or a Unified Sports experience. 

Corporate Partnerships
Beth Knox, President and CEO of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, announced new corporate partnerships. ESPN, a Global Partner of Special Olympics International and Presenting Sponsor of Special Olympics Unified Sports, extended their commitment to serve as the official broadcast partner of the 2018 USA Games. 

KOMO 4 TV, an ABC affiliate based in Seattle, will serve as the regional media partner, optimizing their additional media assets including KUNS Univision and radio stations KPLZ Star 101.5, KOMO News Radio, and KVI News Talk. 

Ms. Knox also announced Alaska Airlines committed to a Bronze Medal partnership and Sheraton Seattle will serve as the official Honored Guest Hotel for the 2018 USA Games. 

These organizations joined a growing list of corporate supporters that include Legacy Partners Microsoft, Bank of America, Starbucks, KPMG and Special Olympics Founding Partner The Coca-Cola Company. 

Speakers included emcee Bob Rondeau; Alec Middleton, Special Olympics Athlete; Carl Gardiner, Vice Chair Seattle Sports Commission; Beth Knox, USA Games President and CEO; Jordan Babineaux and Marcus Trufant, Seattle Seahawks legends; and Devon Adelman, Special Olympics Athlete.

Follow Special Olympics USA Games

For more information on the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, please visit www.specialolympicsusagames.org and follow on

Facebook at www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsUSAGames;

Twitter at https://twitter.com/2018USAGames; and

YouTube at www.youtube.com/specialolympicsusagames

About the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

The Special Olympics USA Games will be held in Seattle, Washington July 1-6, 2018. Nearly 3,500 athletes will compete in an array of Olympic-type team and individual sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, and tens of thousands (if not more!) volunteers and spectators. The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will celebrate the Special Olympics movement, 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.

About Special Olympics

Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 5.3 million athletes and Unified partners in 169 countries. With the support of more than 1 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and over 108,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Special Olympics is supported by many individuals, foundations and partners.  To see a full list of partners click here.


Jayme Powers
2018 Special Olympics USA Games