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USA Games

Congratulations to the athletes that represented Team PA in the Special Olympics USA Games held in Seattle, Washington from July 1-6, 2018. 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, competed in 14 Olympic-type team and individual sports.


The USA Games were the highlight of Special Olympics’ global 50th Anniversary celebration in 2018. Pennsylvania sent 50 athletes and Unified partners along with 16 coaches and staff to compete in 10 out of the 14 sports offered during the Games. Click here for more information.


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USA Games Local News Coverage:

ABC 27

Local Special Olympic champions return with fanfare

ABC 16

Trevorton Woman Earns 4 Silver Medals in Special Olympics

Penn Live

Area Special Olympians win basketball gold in Seattle

Central Pa. Special Olympics team heading home with gold medal

The Daily Item

Menko claims four silver medals at U.S. Special Olympics Games

Public Spirit

Horsham girl medals at National Special Olympics Games

New Castle News

Local bocce players take home medals from national Special Olympics games

The Times

Hopewell resident captures 4 medals at Special Olympics USA Games



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Dinniman Presents Flag to Special Olympics Athletes

State Senator Andrew Dinniman of the 19th District presented Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) athletes, representing Team PA during the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Washington from July 1st-6th, with the Pennsylvania state flag. The flag was proudly be carried by members of Team PA during Opening Ceremonies for the USA Games on July 1st.

The flag presentation took place at Dinniman’s District Office in West Chester, PA on Thursday, June 7th. Those in attendance included: Team PA Head of Delegation and SOPA Senior Competition Director Gina Reid; Chester County Local Program Manager Angie Robinson; Team PA Tennis Coach Sally Kinsey; and Team PA athletes Celine Heffron-Pero (Soccer), Lisa Robinson (Soccer), and Patrick O’Connor (Bowling).

“The Special Olympics of Pennsylvania began right here in West Chester in 1970 at West Chester University. And so that legacy of inclusion in athletic competition continues today, nearly 50 years later,” Dinniman said. “It’s my honor and privilege to meet with our athletes and coaches and present them with a flag as they represent Pennsylvania in the USA Games. I hope it proves to be their lucky charm for bringing home the gold in Seattle.”

The USA Games showcase the abilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities and the impact of Special Olympics through world-class competition, inspirational experiences, and modeling inclusion for all. 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. All sporting events are free and open to the public.

The Opening Ceremony, held at the University of Washington Husky Stadium in Seattle on July 1st, kicked off six extraordinary days of competition and spectators witnessed ceremonial traditions such as the Parade of Athletes, during which the PA flag was displayed, and the lighting of the Special Olympics Flame of Hope. Actor-singer Taye Diggs served as emcee with musical performances by multi-GRAMMY nominated singer, songwriter and producer Charlie Puth, world renowned DJ and producer Marshmello, singer-songwriter Allen Stone, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Ann Wilson of Heart, Seattle hip hop crew Massive Monkees and more. A 2,018-member choir, one of the largest vocal ensembles in Washington State history, also served as a living backdrop to the show.

A total of 50 athletes and 16 coaches, staff and unified partners make up Team PA. SOPA athletes competed in a series of state, local and sectional competitions in order to be eligible to compete at the national level. Prior to heading to the Games, a sendoff and celebratory breakfast was held for Team PA on Saturday, June 30th from 8:30am -10am at Xfinity Live in Philadelphia. Wawa employees were onsite to cheer the athletes on and help to lead the athletes to their buses; and, the Philadelphia Police Department provided a highway escort to the airport.