2018 Special Olympics USA Games Hailed as a Stunning Success, Provides Milestone Moments for the Inclusion Revolution

Last week, 4,000 Special Olympics athletes and coaches came to Seattle
with an impassioned message of “inclusion through sports.” And when they
arrived, more than 100,000 fans welcomed them with open arms.

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The Emerald City provided a welcoming and inclusive host for all the
athletes to compete in 14 team and individual sports: athletics,
basketball, bocce, bowling, flag football, golf, gymnastics,
powerlifting, soccer, softball, stand up paddleboard, swimming, tennis
and volleyball.

“From corporate partners and the thousands of fans in the stands, to the
15,000 volunteers who came out in droves to support our athletes and
coaches, every single person who participated in the 2018 USA Games
contributed to its success,” said Brad Smith, President of Microsoft and
Honorary Board Chairman of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. “Every
act of participation was itself an act of inclusion. I couldn’t be more
proud of the example that Seattle set for the rest of the country as a
city of inclusion.”

“These USA Games set a lot of records. Some were for attendance, some
were on the playing field, but what I’ll remember most were the
countless smiles, hugs and high fives,” said Beth Knox, President and
CEO of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. “Now that the country has
accepted the challenge to ‘Rise with Us,’ I can’t wait to see how
Greater Seattle and other communities ride the momentum from the Games
and continue to live out the ideals of inclusion.”

“I commend, thank and applaud Seattle and the local organizing committee
for their years of planning and hard work on these Games,” said Timothy
P. Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics International. “The week was a
stunning success.”

Other highlights of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games include:

Held every four years, the next Special Olympics USA Games will take
place in Orlando,
Fla. from June 5-10, 2022.

About the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games were held in Seattle, Washington
July 1-6, 2018. More than 4,000 participants from across the nation,
along with the support of tens of thousands of volunteers and
spectators, competed in 14 Olympic-type team and individual sports. The
2018 Special Olympics USA Games celebrated the Special Olympics movement
and its 50th anniversary; promoted the ideals of acceptance and
inclusion through sport; and showcased the abilities of people with
intellectual disabilities. The 2018 USA Games also highlighted 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).

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