The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games  .

The 2018 Special Olympics USA games will be held in Seattle, Washington July 1-6. More than 4,000 athletes and coaches representing 50 state Programs and the District of Columbia, along with the support of tens of thousands of volunteers and spectators, will compete in 14 Olympic-type team and individual sports in the best sports facilities in the greater Seattle region.

All events will be free, open to the public and will  include:

  • Track and field
  • Basketball
  • Boce
  • Bowling
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Power lifting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Stand-up paddle board
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

 Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Celebration

Special Olympics launched 50 years ago under the inspired leadership of Eunice Kennedy Shriver. From July 17-21 Special Olympics launches the next 50 years of the Inclusion Revolution. The week will include high-level sports competition at the Unified Cup, family-friendly fun at the Torch Run, the Global Day of Inclusion festival, and a star-studded concert at Northerly Island. Learn more . . . .

Special Olympics athletes are very special

Every day and all around the world, special olympics athletes train and strive to achieve their very best. At World Games, the entire Special Olympics Movement comes together to see our athletes in action and celebrate their victories over huge odds. No other organized event in the world has the social and emotional impact of the Special Olympics World Games. For the athletes and their families, the experience opens doors to unimagined possibilities. For volunteers, coaches and other supporters from all parts of the world, the Games inspire hope and belief in a brighter future of global acceptance, understanding and unity.

15 essentials to become an olympic athlete

Jenreviews—an online authority on health, fitness and home—recently published a comprehensive piece on what it takes to become an Olympic athlete. According to Nick Catlin, a two-time British field hockey Olympian, there are 15 essentials. Nick’s olympic training routine offers many insights.  To learn more go to: 

Nick’s list:

  1. Natural talent
  2. Practice, practice, practice
  3. A support network of friends and family
  4. Coaching
  5. Selfish focus
  6. Luck
  7. Mental toughness
  8. Physical robustness
  9. Physiologists and physiotherapists
  10. Money — financial support
  11. Time
  12. Preparation
  13. Proper Nutrition
  14. Rest
  15. Distractions to take one’s mind off training

These 15 essentials can also be applied to assist special olympics athletes. If you are a parent, family member, friend or coach you can learn from them as you support and encourage your special olympian.