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60 Day out Announcement! There is a new Addition to the Team!

It is officially 60 days out from the “greatest sports competition event of the year.”

In celebration of this exciting milestone, Special Olympics USA would like to welcome a new addition to the team.

Joining SO USA on the journey to Abu Dhabi is Special Olympics Illinois athlete Daniel “PodmanDan” Smrokowski.

Unlike other athletes traveling with the delegation, Dan will not be competing. Instead, Dan will be participating as a recently appointed Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger, and the newest member of the Special Olympics USA Communications Team.

As a part of the team, Daniel will contribute to the storytelling of more than 200 American Special Olympics athletes as they prepare for World Games and compete go for the gold in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Special Chronicles

Dan is best known for his Special Chronicles podcast series where he reaches more than 127,000 people globally.

In addition to being the founder of Special Chronicles, Dan is an active Special Olympics Illinois athlete.

Special Olympics Chairman, Tim Shriver, describes Daniel as “a pioneer in the work that matters most.”

We couldn’t agree more!


100 days out: The countdown has begun!


Today marks 100 days before the official start of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019! Special Olympics USA athletes are looking forward to joining over 7,000 Special Olympics athletes, 2,500 coaches & delegates, 170 nations and more than 20,000 volunteers for competition March 14 – 21, 2019. Check out this awesome video to meet a few of our athletes and hear how excited they are to embark on this new journey. Also, check out this Adobe Spark article to learn more about the Games. 




ANNOUNCEMENT: The Special Olympics USA Team Is OFFICIAL!

Special Olympics USA is proud to announce that it will send a 300+ member delegation to represent the United States at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, being held March 14-21, 2019, in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Special Olympics USA, is comprised of more than 200 athletes, 60+ coaches and approximately 34 delegation members who support team operations. Team members will compete in 18 of the 24 sports offered: athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, cycling, equestrian, football (soccer), golf, gymnastics – artistic, gymnastics—rhythmic, open water swimming, powerlifting, sailing, swimming, table tennis, tennis, triathlon, and volleyball.

Stay tuned to our official social media channels to meet the incredible teams and individuals who have been selected to represent the red, white and blue. Go, USA!

Next Stop: Abu Dhabi

More than 300 athletes, coaches and support delegates brought their A-game to Newark, Delaware on Monday, September 17th for a week-long Training Camp in preparation for Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. With just under six months to go before the start of the Games in March of next year, hopefuls were welcomed by Governor Carney, fitted for official uniforms, trained with fellow athletes, interacted with student-athlete leaders from University of Delaware and even took in a Major League Baseball game in Philadelphia!

Looking for photos from camp events and glimpses of sports training?

Check out our galleries here.

Don’t yet see your sport? We will continue to add photos as we receive them from our incredible volunteer photography team: Nancy Jo Brown, Marco Catini and Ken Smith.


Training Camp was Amazing! Check Out the Recap Video

SO USA Training Camp is Coming to Delaware and the Phillies Game – Join Us!

On Monday, September 17th, freshly nominated athletes from across the USA will meet in Newark, Delaware to train with their Special Olympics USA coaches and bond with 200+ other nominees from across the country before traveling to together for Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi next March.

A highlight from Training Camp week will include a team bus trip to watch the Phillies vs. Mets game on Wednesday, September 19th. We’re thrilled to extend you this discount ticket offer reserved exclusively for friends and fans of Special Olympics USA!


Discount code/Password: USA

Link to sales page: http://bit.ly/soUSA919

Phillies Flyer

Participating athletes will train in 16 sports: athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, cycling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics (artistic and rhythmic), powerlifting, sailing, soccer, swimming (aquatics), table tennis, tennis, triathlon, and volleyball.



#CHEER4USA Countdown to Abu Dhabi – 6 Months Out

The 2019 Special Olympics World Games will be an iconic and transforming event for Abu Dhabi, the nation, and the world.

In 6 months, SO USA will embark on our voyage to join more than 7,000 Special Olympics athletes, 2,500 coaches & delegates, 170 nations and more than 20,000 volunteers for competition, March 14 – 21, 2019.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram for exciting updates, photos, and videos. And, don’t forget to use the hashtag #Cheer4USA.


Auf Wiedersehen, Austria! Hello, USA!

After an amazing Winter World Games, Special Olympics USA has returned home to the States!

Be sure to check out all of our photos on Flickr to re-live the excitement of the Games by clicking the link below:


And, you can see final results for all of our athletes at the link below:

2017 World Winter Games Results

Special Olympics USA Recap (3/22)


Floor Hockey and Skating Recap (3/21)

All three speed skaters competing in the 777m final on Tuesday again set personal records:

  • Craig Licorish, 1:58 (Bronze)
  • Patrick Adams, 1:51 (DQ)
  • Thomas Shimoda, 1:56 (Bronze)

Wednesday’s schedule includes 222m finals for the following skaters:

  • Christina Dryer at 10 a.m.
  • Dana Shick at 10:10 a.m.
  • Cornell Gray at 10:30 a.m.
  • Deontrea Grant at 10:36 a.m.

The traditional floor hockey team from Southern California played Trinidad & Tobago Tuesday and won 11-3. Coach Rodney Hurn said the team didn’t really change its approach from prior games, it’s just getting healthy at the right time. The last few days the team has been shorthanded with at least one player being out due to an illness.

“They’re healing and getting healthy,” Hurn said. “Everybody played today. Their play was much more versatile and more powerful with the extra sleep.”

Jordan Bradley had 9 goals and Casey Lucore had 25 saves in net. The Southern California team is ranked No. 2 in the division and plays Morocco again at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. The game is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN!

The Unified team from New York plays China at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday morning saw Allan Lohr and Ian Rawn practiced their free skate Level 3.

“They got their feet back under them and are ready for competition on Thursday,” said coach Tappie Dellinger.

Sharita Taylor and Joni Talavera competed in Ice Dance Level 2 and 4 today.
“Sharita looked beautiful in her black and red tango dress,” she said. She currently sits in third place out of six. Both of them will skate again in their finals on Thursday along with Allan and Ian.

Joni skated her foxtrot and “carried herself very gracefully across the ice.” She currently sits in second place in her division.
The team took advantage of some downtime and walked around downtown Graz. They then came back to the arena in the evening to watch Michelle Kwan and Trixi Schuba, 1972 Austrian gold medalist, skate with other athletes. The team was lucky enough to pose for a photo with the two of them!

On Wednesday, Laura Beth Matus has Level 2 Free Skate finals at 1:30 p.m, while Sharita and Joni both have practice for their competitions on Thursday.

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