Meet Your PA Delegation For Special Olympics USA
The Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 will be held from March 14-21, 2019 in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, where more than 7,000 athletes from over 170 countries will compete in 24 different individual and team sports. Special Olympics USA will send a 313-member delegation to represent the United States, comprised of 216 athletes, 63 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.
13 athletes, 3 coaches, and 1 support staff member will represent Special Olympics Pennsylvania:
- Holdan Marr: Clinton Co.
- Christopher Smith: Clinton Co.
- Robert Borner Jr.: Clinton Co.
- Ronald Smith: Clinton Co.
- Conner Borner: Clinton Co.
- Jordan Litz: Clinton Co.
- Kathy Marr: Clinton Co.
- Elainie Litz: Clinton Co.
- Arthur Powers: Clinton Co.
TRACK & FIELD:
- Aaron Keller: Luzerne Co.
- Delina Rodriguez: Carbon Co.
- Wenona Sutton, Assistant Director of Communications SO USA
The delegation also includes Special Olympics Unified Sports® teams, where people with and without intellectual disabilities compete together, as teammates. These will be the most inclusive Games to date. Special Olympics USA will have representation in the following Unified Sports: basketball, bocce, golf, sailing, soccer, table tennis, tennis, and volleyball.
Special Olympics USA is the national team that represents the United States at the Special Olympics World Summer and Winter Games. Team members compete in an array of the 32 official Special Olympics summer and winter sports, in individual and team formats.
Every two years, the world transcends the boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, culture and religion to come together for the Special Olympics World Games. Alternating between summer and winter Games, this event is the flagship event of the Special Olympics movement, which promotes inclusion, equality, and acceptance around the world.
This is expected to be the largest Special Olympics World Games in history. ESPN’s global television networks and digital media will bring extensive coverage to sports fans and supporters of the Special Olympics movement around the world. As the official broadcast partner of Special Olympics, ESPN’s television coverage will be carried across its networks in the U.S. as well as streamed through WatchESPN and the ESPN App.
Bank of America is the Premier Sponsor of Special Olympics USA. Champion is the Official Supplier and Supporter of Special Olympics USA. MTM is Recognition Partner of Special Olympics USA.
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