A Showcase of the Abilities of Athletes with Intellectual Disabilities
The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will take place July 1-6, 2018. 3,500 Special Olympics athletes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 1,000 coaches, 10,000 family members, 10,000 volunteers and an estimated 50,000 spectators will take part in this premier national sports competition, showcasing the power and joy of sports at the highest levels.
On hand to make the announcement and share the impact of hosting one of the largest national amateur sporting events in 2018 were Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Microsoft President and 2018 USA Games Honorary Chair Brad Smith, 2018 USA Games CEO Beth Knox, Special Olympics North America President Marc Edenzon, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Deputy Mayor Kate Joncas, Athlete Stacey Johnston, USA Games sponsors and Board of Directors, and local Special Olympics Washington athletes.
“The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will showcase the abilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities, promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport, and celebrate the transformative power of Special Olympics,” said 2018 Special Olympics USA Games CEO Beth Knox, adding “These Games are expected to be the most significant sporting event to come to Seattle since the 1990 Goodwill Games and in addition to hosting a world-class sporting event, we hope to leave a legacy of increased awareness and support for Special Olympics here in Washington long after the Games are over.”
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