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his year marks the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics, a movement that was launched by Eunice Kennedy Shriver to create opportunities for children with intellectual disabilities to compete in sports. And for the first time, the Seattle area gets a front-row seat to the action. As host of the Special Olympics USA Games, the city will welcome 4,000 athletes who will compete in 14 different sports at locations throughout the region, July 1-6.

This is a big deal for our local athletes and communities. The Special Olympics embodies the power of the human spirit to overcome obstacles. The Games inspire greatness and they change lives, shining a light on personal achievement while serving as the ultimate example of inclusion and sportsmanship. With that in mind, Sound Publishing is proud to be an official media partner for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. Special thanks goes to Boeing for supporting the production of this guide to the 2018 USA Games. On the following pages, you’ll find stories about the people who make the games possible, profiles of local athletes who are already champions in their communities, and a complete schedule to the games. Thank you for supporting the Special Olympics, whose mission remains as vital today as it was 50 years ago. Josh O’Connor President, Sound Publishing

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2018 Special Olympics USA Games July 1 - 6 King County Metro and Sound Transit are proud to be the Official Transportation Partners for this world-class competition. The more than 4,000 talented athletes and coaches are an inspiration to us all.

Dates to Remember LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN JUNE 27 - JULY 1 For the final leg of the torch run, dozens of law enforcement officers and some athletes will run with the Special Olympics Flame of Hope through the state and to Husky Stadium to light the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony on July 1.

FAN ZONE JULY 1-6 Everyone is welcome here, where music, exhibits, and activities will be on hand. Husky Stadium North Plaza. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. & 3-6 p.m., July 1; 9 a.m.-9 p.m., July 2-3; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., July 4-6

WELCOME DAYS JUNE 29-30 Fans are invited to welcome 4,000 athletes, coaches and delegate as they arrive. Seatac International Airport

HEALTHY ATHLETES JULY 1-6 Health professionals provide free health screenings and information for athletes. Husky Union Building. 6-8:30 p.m., July 1; 2-8 p.m., July 2-3; 11 a.m.-4 p.m., July 4-6

SOUNDERS VS. TIMBERS JUNE 30 Major League Soccer helps kick off the games with a celebration during this rivalry matchup. Fans will receive a limited edition scarf. Centurylink Field

XBOX GAMING TOURNAMENT JULY 2 Eight teams will compete head to head in Forza Motorsport 7. 1-4 p.m., Lyceum Room, Husky Union Building.

OPENING CEREMONY JULY 1 Watch the Parade of Athletes and listen to performances by Charlie Puth, Marshmello, Allen Stone, Ann Wilson of Heart, Massive Monkees and a 2,018-member choir. Taye Diggs emcees. Note that only clear bags will be allowed into the stadium. 12:30 p.m., $20, Husky Stadium

FUTURE OF INCLUSION FORUM JULY 2 Communitiy leaders will join Tim Shriver, chairman of Special Olympics International, to lead an evening dedicated to inclusion, sharing actions and policies that are helping to open doors. 7-8:30 p.m., The Bagley Wright Theatre at Seattle Repertory Theatre, $20.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS TOWN JULY 1-5 For athletes only, this locale offers entertainment and activities. Husky Union Building. Daily, 3-9 p.m.; closed July 4

UNIFIED SPORTS EXPERIENCE JULY 2-3 Witness the power of inclusion as athletes compete alongside business leaders and celebrities. Various locations.

YOUNG ATHLETES FESTIVAL JULY 2-3, 5 Athletes ages 2 to 7 and their families are invited to start their own sports journey with resources and guidance for parents. Seattle Center. (10 a.m.2 p.m., July 2-3); University of Washington (10 a.m.2 p.m., July 5) YOUTH LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE JULY 2-5 Young adults of varying abilities come together to discuss how to create more inclusive communities. For participants only. TBA USA GAMES FAMILY 4TH JULY 4 Delegations gather to celebrate Independence Day with a picnic and a dance party. TBA. 5-9 p.m. USA GAMES NIGHT AT SAFECO FIELD JULY 5 The Mariners will celebrate the athletes, coaches and support staff that make the games possible during this matchup against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Safeco Field. Prices vary. CLOSING CEREMONY JULY 6 A jam-packed exhilarating week comes to an end with a celebration featuring street performers and food trucks, as well as a performance from Seattle band Hey Marseilles. 7 p.m., Lake Union Park, Free.

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The Opening Ceremony will feature a massive choir of 2,018 singers. How are they going to pull that off?

another original dubbed “Warriors” from Seattle-based R&B singer and musician Allen Stone, who will also be performing as part of the Opening Ceremony. Wadleigh says the material is straightforward and easy to pick up for those who By Josh Kelety don’t have organized choral experience, jkelety@soundpublishing.com adding that if someone registers online, they can gain access to materials for the songs erculean efforts are not uncom(including the lyrics, audio of the songs, and mon in Olympic competition. the musical notation). But usually these feats take place “Somebody who just wants to come on the track, in the pool, or on the playing participate, they can just come sing the field. For this year’s Special Olympics USA melody. … If you put a solid couple of hours Games, organizers are undertaking a differ- into it, you’d be fluent,” Wadleigh said. ent kind of challenge: getting 2,018 people The ensemble’s first rehearsal was held to turn out and sing in the choir that will on May 12 at the Performing Arts and Event open the Games on July 1. Center of Federal Way, attracting around Per the event organizers, the 2,018300 people. Assisted by facility staff and person ensemble will be composed of both armed with a microphone to conduct formal, organized regional community call-and-responses with the assembled choirs and interested individuals—regardsingers, Wadleigh said it went “surprisless of their level of formal training or expeingly smoothly.” “They learned quickly. In rience in organized singing. about two and half hours It sounds like a logistical we knocked out the whole nightmare, but Rafe Wadleprogram. I was pretty igh, a Tacoma-based choir happy,” he said, addingt that director who is leading the “you could tell that the attitude in the room was super effort, is extremely optimistic that they’ll be able to positive, everyone is in pull it off. ‘make it work mode’.” “It’s going to be pretty It helped that a number sweet,” he says. “The event of local choirs turned out to obviously celebrates incluparticipate. sion and acceptance and “A bunch of [the choirs] through organizing a big came out. It was kind of like choir, which isn’t essenall these motorcycle gangs tially elite choral musicians rolled in, they all have their … that is truly a commugear, throwing a little sidenity choir.” eye around. But man they Wadleigh, who is the really all came together,” director of choir music Wadleigh said. at the Middle and Upper In addition to smaller Schools at Charles Wright community choirs, Wadleigh hopes to get the in-house Academy in Tacoma, said choirs of local companies that since first putting like Starbucks and Amazon the call out for singers to get on-board as well. several months ago they’ve While still short of the garnered around 600 choir desired 2,018 people for participants. the choir, Wadleigh thinks “We’ve got everyone Rafe Wadleigh, that the Special Olympics from local choral orgaChoir Director promotional and volunnizations to a mom who teer organizing teams will says, ‘I wanna do that, can I bring my kids’,” he said. “It’s an everybody be able to get the word out and generate interest closer to the actual date of the thing.” The plan for the choir is to sing three songs event. The next rehearsal will again be held at as well as perform a “sound collage,” such as the Federal Way center on June 23, followed mimicking the sound of a rainstorm. by a dress rehearsal at Husky Stadium on “The opening ceremony, the staging June 30. Even if they’ve missed the two of it is quite artsy. There might be some rehearsals in Federal Way, people can still moments for the choir to literally make sing in the opening ceremony as long as some cool sounds,” Wadleigh said. Wadleigh says that the songs are “There’s they make it to the dress rehearsal. “Really, anyone is welcome and should a River Flowing in My Soul”—a piece from be able to hang,” Wadleigh said. the Unitarian Universalist hymnal written by Rose Sanders, Alabama’s first black judge—an original work from Wadleigh Interested in singing in the choir? Register at himself titled “My Heart is on Fire” and specialolympicsusagames.org/choir.

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Athlete Spotlight

DEVON ADELMAN Presented by Devon Adelman, a 21-year-old competitor, is one of the athletes who relies on Kaiser Permanente to help keep her healthy as she strives to achieve her athletic goals. Adelman is standing up for what she believes in, literally. She’s competing in stand-up paddleboarding at the USA Games, and she’s also serving as a Special Olympics Ambassador for the Games. “Seattle will show the world that it’s a city of inclusion,” she said proudly. Adelman discovered her love of stand-up paddleboarding last summer. “I’ve skied a lot and I play soccer. I have natural balance, so stand-up paddleboarding came pretty easily to me,” she said. “I love getting out in nature, and paddleboarding is a great way to make new friends.” So is Special Olympics, she said. “I found out about Special Olympics when I was a sophomore in high school. I was being bullied at school, but Special Olympics gave me a whole new family of friends and helped me feel better about myself,” she said. “It’s been an amazing, fantastic part of my life ever since.” Advocating for people with intellectual disabilities led Adelman to deliver a

keynote address to the United Nations on World Down Syndrome Day in 2015. Her other passions include marine biology, and she’s one of the first people with Down syndrome to get a scuba certification. Adelman has a message for everyone with intellectual disabilities: “Believe in yourself and follow your dreams and your heart.” And for everyone else: “Don’t judge us by our disabilities. We’re just like you. See our abilities instead.” Kaiser Permanente, the official health partner of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, is also the health care provider for many of the athletes. Learn more at kp.org/specialolympics.

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“I was pretty happy. You could tell that the attitude in the room was super positive, everyone is in a ‘make it work’ mode.”

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Lizzie Enriquez-Ortiz, a 28-year-old track and field competitor, is one of the athletes who relies on Kaiser Permanente to help keep her healthy as she strives to achieve her athletic goals. Enriquez-Ortiz discovered her love of running when she was a child in Baja, Mexico. But it wasn’t until her family moved to Seattle that Enriquez-Ortiz discovered Special Olympics. She has big goals and even bigger talent. Enriquez-Ortiz has participated in Special Olympics regional and state events in track and field, swimming, basketball,

Lizzie Enriquez-Ortiz has high aspirations: “I want to be the first person on the autism spectrum to go into space.”

bowling and flag football. This is her first time in the Special Olympics USA Games, competing in the 800-meter run, the 4x100-meter relay and mini-javelin throw. She began javelin just a year ago and already throws it 42 feet. Enriquez-Ortiz’s goals include winning gold in the USA Games and qualifying to compete in hurdles and swimming in the next Special Olympics World Games. “Competing on the world stage is important to me. I want to show that someone with autism can do amazing things,” she said. “And it’s amazing that the USA Games are happening here. I’m determined to make Seattle and Washington state very proud.” Enriquez-Ortiz’s mom is her biggest fan and supports her making healthy lifestyle choices. Enriquez-Ortiz knows good health improves her performance, so she’s increased her intake of water, fruits, vegetables and protein. Daily training includes lifting weights, swimming and running laps. Enriquez-Ortiz uses an activity tracking wristband that shows what percentage of her health goal she’s achieved. “When you reach 100 percent, it vibrates with a picture of a trophy,” she said. “It makes training easier.” Kaiser Permanente, the official health partner of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, is also the health care provider for many of the athletes. Learn more at kp.org/ specialolympics.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 4 TRACK 9:30AM 50M WALK (FINAL) M/F 10:00AM 400M WALK (FINAL) M/F 11:00AM 200M (FINAL) F 1:00PM 400M (FINAL) M 2:00PM 4X100M (FINAL) M/F FIELD 10:00AM RUNNING LONG JUMP (FINAL) M 10:00AM MINI JAVELIN (FINAL) F

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TUESDAY, JULY 3

8-9:08AM AWARDS SESSION 3 9:15-9:40AM 4X50 MEDLEY RELAY M 9:40-9:46AM 4X50 MEDLEY RELAY F 9:50-10AM 25M FREESTYLE (FINAL 4) M 10:10-10:22AM 25M FREESTYLE (FINAL 4) F 10:25-10:30AM 100M INDIVIDUAL (FINAL 4) M 10:30-10:35AM 100M INDIVIDUAL (FINAL 4) F 10:40-10:56AM 50M BUTTERFLY (FINAL 5) M 10:56-11:08AM 50M BUTTERFLY (FINAL 5) F 11:10-11:30AM 100M BACKSTROKE (FINAL 5) M 11:30-11:50AM 100M BACKSTROKE (FINAL 5) F 12:30-1:30PM AWARDS SESSION 4 1:30-1:55PM 100M BREASTSTROKE (FINAL 6) M 1:55-2:15PM 100M BREASTSTROKE (FINAL6) F 2:20-2:32PM 200M INDIVIDUAL (FINAL 6) M 2:32-2:48PM 200M INDIVIDUAL (FINAL 6) F 3:20-3:38PM 4X50 FREE RELAY M 3:38-3:45PM 4X50 FREE RELAY F 3:45-5PM AWARDS SESSION 5 8-9PM AWARDS SESSION 6

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4

9-9:24AM 4X50 MED. RELAY (FINAL 7) M 9:30-9:36AM 4X50 MED. RELAY (FINAL 7) F 9:40-10:55AM 100M FREESTYLE (FINAL 7) M 10:55AM-12PM 100M FREESTYLE (FINAL 8) F 12-12:05PM HP 100M FREESTYLE (FINAL 8) M 12:05-12:10PM HP 100M FREESTYLE (FINAL 8) F 12:10-12:30PM 4X25 FR RELAY M 12:30-12:35PM 4X25 FR RELAY F 1:30-3PM AWARDS SESSION 7

THURSDAY, JULY 5

8-9AM AWARDS SESSION 8 9-9:20AM 4X50 FREE RELAY (FINAL 9) M 9:20-9:26AM 4X50 FREE RELAY (FINAL 9) F 9:30-9:50AM 400M FREESTYLE (FINAL 9) M 9:50-10:26AM 400M FREESTYLE (FINAL 9) F 10:30-11:36AM 50M FREESTYLE (FINAL 10) M 11:36AM-12:30PM 50M FREESTYLE (FINAL 10) F 12:50-1:30PM AWARDS SESSION 9 1:30-1:45PM 200M BREASTROKE (FINAL 10) M 1:45-2PM 200M BREASTROKE (FINAL 10) F 2-2:10PM 100M BUTTERFLY (FINAL 10) M 2:10-2:25PM 100M BUTTERFLY (FINAL 10) 2:25-2:45PM 4X25 FREE RELAY (FINAL 11) M 2:45-2:50PM 4X25 FREE RELAY (FINAL 11) F 3-4:20PM AWARDS SESSION 10

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wo members ot the Eastside Barracudas swim team made the cut for the Games. Jake Moselle, 16, and Simon Van Giesen, 24, both qualified after winning gold medals at the regional and state levels. At this year’s Games, Van Giesen will compete in the 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke. The Seattle resident has been swimming for nearly a decade and currently works at the front desk for the Special Olympics Washington office. Also in his first national competition, Moselle will swim the 4x50 freestyle relay, 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter breaststroke and 100-meter breaststroke. “I’m excited to participate, swim and win,” said Moselle, who attends Bellevue High School. “I’m someone who likes to go for it.” Jackie Booth coaches the Eastside Barracudas, who are based in Bellevue, and has been coaching Special Olympians in the region for nearly 30 years. But this is the first year that swimmers under her tutelage have qualified for the national event. “Our team is fabulous because of the help we have too,” she said. “These athletes work so hard.” Moselle’s mother, Jerrilynn Moselle, said she appreciates the inclusiveness of the Special Olympics and how it has contributed to her son’s success. “Sure, it’s competitive, but it’s never negative,” she said. “It’s all so uplifting and positive. It’s so refreshing to be around that kind of spirit.” —Andy Hobbs

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Not every athlete at this year’s Special Olympics USA Games will be competing. Some will be too busy entertaining the crowds and encouraging the athletes on the field. Consider the Mercer Island Sparkle Squad, a unified cheer group made up of 13 mentors and nine students with intellectual disabilities.

THUNDER STRUCK The players on this football team are determined to show what they can do. By Haley Donwerth hdonwerth@soundpublishing.com

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Their goal is to “add spirit and enthusiasm to the games,” said coach Jami Blumenstein. The group has been active for 10 years, but this year it will break new ground when it takes part in SO CHEER at the Games, joining other squads from California, Arizona, Texas, Maryland and North Carolina. This will be the first time that a cheer program is included at the USA Games,

Three times a week on Decatur High School’s track, the Federal Way Thunder flag football team can be found running plays and practicing their maneuvers. The team, made up of adults

in their 20s and 30s, was founded three years ago. The players, some with disabilities and others without, are excited to take part in their first Special Olympics USA Games together this July. Benjamin Kennish, who has cerebral palsy and has been the team’s center since it began, said his favorite part of playing is showing the competitors what he can do with his limitations. “Nothing stops me,” he said. “I find a way to do it.” Kennish said he’s faced judgement because of his disability, but

though it is still not recognized as a Special Olympic sport. The Sparkle Squad has long embodied the spirit of inclusion that is essential to the Special Olympics. The cheerleaders have “a wide range of abilities, and everyone does the best they can do,” Blumenstein said. Just as other Special Olympics athletes train year-round for their events, the Sparkle Squad has been practicing every Thursday after school, rehearsing cheers, dances and even a flash-mob routine. “It’s been a year of preparation,” Blumenstein

he doesn’t let that affect him on or off the field. “I take all that negativity and turn it into a positive and show people what I can do,” said Kennish, who has also played softball, basketball and bowling, and competed in track and field. Another player, Nicholas King, has participated in Special Olympics since 2009. He is excited to be involved in another sport, having previously played soccer, basketball, bowling, softball, and competed in track. King also doesn’t feel that his disabilities have negatively affected his life. “I still fit in with the general public, and any job that I’ve had in the past are all equal-opportunity

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employers,” King said. Clay Williams, one of the team’s coaches, got involved through Sharon Boyle, the unified coordinator of Special Olympics in Federal Way, when she approached him about working with the softball team. “She’s the reason that everybody has these opportunities,” Williams said. “She works extremely hard.” Williams said he wants the community to know these athletes are no different from anyone else. “I can’t keep up with them; they’re extremely athletic; they’re extremely smart,” he said. “They know how to play football, and

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they’re great guys that know how to play together as a team.” Joel Peterson is a partner on the team, meaning he is a player without any disabilities. He’s been playing with the team for the past few months after being asked to join by Gordon Chan, a close personal friend. Peterson said most of the athletes are better players than he is, and they work really hard to get to that level. “They run plays, they have plays memorized, they work hard every play, and it’s a well-oiled machine,” he said, adding that playing with the Thunder is more competitive than the intramural sports he participated in at the University of Washington. Joshua Bennett, quarterback for the team, has been playing football since high school and has been with the Thunder since it started. He said he’s never thought about his learning disability affecting his life, and he really enjoys playing sports on a team like the Thunder. He has also played basketball and competed in track and field in the past. Another team partner, Richard Reyes, said his friend and teammate, Gary Mork, asked him to join the

said. “Everyone’s really excited.” During the school year, the Sparkle Squad performs at football and basketball games, parades, assemblies and more. This summer, they will perform at the Opening Ceremony at Husky Stadium, as well as on the sidelines and during halftime of various sporting events and at the Games’ Fan Zone. Members will also greet visiting athletes and delegates for Welcome Day at SeaTac Airport on June 30. As with any team sport, the members of the Squad gain a “sense of pride, confidence, school and community spirit, and make lifetime friends,” Blumenstein said. Their bond is apparent, with “hugs, high fives and smiles” a regular part of their practices and performances. Their joy is contagious, she said. “These kids get out there and just shine. The crowd always goes crazy for them,” she said. “Even if I’m having a challenging day, at Sparkle practice, I’m always smiling. It’s so much fun.” While the Sparkle Squad typically cheers solely for Mercer Island High School, its members aren’t strangers to supporting national and international athletes. Cheer made its Special Olympics debut at the World Games in Los Angeles in 2015, and a few Sparkle Squad members made that trip. Cheer was also featured at the World Games in Austria in 2017. Leading up to the games, the Sparkle Squad will make welcome signs, learn new cheers and receive their red, white and blue Special Olympics uniforms. Organizers are hoping that the SO CHEER initiative at these Games will inspire many to start a Special Olympics cheer program or team in the United States, and worldwide. “Come to the Games and events, and cheer along with us,” Blumenstein said.

“They work hard every play,” says one of the team partners. Courtesy photo

team. Reyes said the team feels like a family, and everyone works together to achieve their goals. “It’s a good thing for them to be out here and be able to experience it and have fun,” he said. Mork, who has played with the team since it began, said he is excited and nervous about going to his first Special Olympics, but he loves the competition that comes with the game. “It gives you a reason to get out of

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bed and keep working,” Mork said. Troy Marsh, a defensive player who has autism, said he enjoys playing every sport he can. “But, football is hands-down my favorite,” he said, adding that his disability has helped him grow as a person. Flag football games are scheduled for Monday-Thursday, July 2-5, at the University of Washington’s IMA Field. See page 7 for a full schedule.

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