Welcome event and media briefing on July 2 at 1:30 p.m. PT
SEATTLE – For the nearly 3,000 athletes at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, their time in Seattle will bring more than the chance to compete on a national stage. Through Special Olympics Healthy Athletes®, athletes competing at the USA Games also have the opportunity to receive free health screenings and education in seven disciplines: podiatry, vision, dentistry, physical therapy/fitness, nutrition and healthy habits, audiology, and emotional well-being.
More than 1,000 health care professionals are volunteering to provide screenings and educational sessions. They’ll be armed with specific training on treating people with intellectual disabilities from Special Olympics. The Healthy Athletes Program at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games is made possible by the Golisano Foundation and presented by Kaiser Permanente.
To officially welcome athletes, coaches and volunteers, and to provide an overview of the critical needs that the Healthy Athletes program addresses, media are invited to attend a briefing on Monday, July 2:
What: Welcome event and media briefing on the impact of the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program
Where: University of Washington Husky Union Building (HUB)
4001 E. Stevens Way NE, Seattle
When: Monday, July 2
Timeline: 1:15 p.m. – Media check-in/set up
1:30 p.m. – Healthy Athletes welcome event and media briefing
2:00 p.m. – Speakers available for interviews; media tours of Healthy Athletes facilities
Speakers: Dr. Timothy P. Shriver, Chairman, Special Olympics International
Ann Costello, Executive Director, Golisano Foundation
Susan Mullaney, President, Kaiser Permanente Washington
Dr. Stephen Tarnoff, President and CEO, Washington Permanente Medical Group
Stephanie Dulin, Deputy Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Meaghan McHugh, Director of Healthy Athletes, Special Olympics International
Crystal Womack, Special Olympics athlete
During the USA Games, Healthy Athletes screenings will take place:
July 1: 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
July 2: 2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
July 3: 2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
July 4-6: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Throughout the week, tours of the Healthy Athletes facilities at the HUB and interviews can be arranged by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
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