Special Olympics Nebraska athletes, coaches, and law enforcement are preparing to depart for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, July 1-6. We are excited to cheer on our delegation made up of 31 athletes, 8 unified partners, 2 Youth Leaders, and 13 coaches. On this page, you can get to know Team Nebraska or click the link below to make a donation and help get our team to Seattle! Good Luck to Team Nebraska!
Now in its fourth running, the next Special Olympics USA Games will take place in Seattle in July 2018. Past hosts were Ames, IA in 2006, Lincoln, NE in 2010, and Lawrenceville, New Jersey in 2014. From July 1-6, 2018 more than 3,000 athletes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will descend upon Seattle and the surrounding region. Fourteen sports will be offered including athletics (track and field), basketball, bocce, bowling, flag football, golf, gymnastics, powerlifting, soccer, softball, stand up paddle boarding, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. The 2018 USA Games are expected to host 10,000 volunteers, 10,000 family members and friends and 70,000 spectators.
In addition to showcasing the awe-inspiring abilities of thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities, the 2018 USA Games in Seattle will model the ideals of inclusion and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics movement. The 2018 USA Games will serve as a catalyst for the City of Inclusion initiative. The 2018 USA Games will also highlight Special Olympics’ work in sport, education, health and community-building.