Special Olympics Iowa announces Team Iowa for 2018 USA games

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The one-year countdown to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games has officially begun. One year from now, from July 1 to 6, 2018, more than 4,000 Special Olympics athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will gather in Seattle to compete before tens of thousands of spectators and volunteers. The 2018 USA Games will showcase the limitless talents of people with intellectual disabilities while promoting the barrier-breaking power of sport to promote inclusion and acceptance.

Among those 4,000 athletes and coaches will be Team Iowa:

 Athletics:

  • Brandon Baier, Griswold
  • Mike Carnes, Davenport
  • Angela Dohrn, Davenport
  • Josh Hickey, Dubuque
  • Lacey Kutsch, Dubuque
  • Rick Malles, Davenport
  • Laura Smith, Davenport
  • Abbi Stastny, Cedar Rapids

Flag Football:

  • John Barker, Cedar Rapids
  • Benjamin Bradshaw, Cedar Rapids
  • Nicholas Forrest, Cedar Rapids
  • Luke Ross, Cedar Rapids
  • Bryon Sexton Jr., Cedar Rapids
  • Dylan Soppe, Cedar Rapids
  • Jesse Strasser, Cedar Rapids
  • Greg Werning, Cedar Rapids
  • Paul White, Cedar Rapids
  • Robbie White, Cedar Rapids

Powerlifting:

  • Mitchel Betsworth, Sioux City
  • Brad Small, Muscatine
  •  Swimming:
  • Mary-Kate Dorrlacombe, West Des Moines
  • Adam Kolek, Cedar Rapids
  • Travis Moss, Muscatine
  • Brittany Ryerson, Marshalltown

 Tennis:

  • Alex Brooks, Cedar Rapids
  • Gabriel Veasey, Davenport

Unified Bocce:

  • Mark Farrell, Bettendorf
  • Colin Fye, Bettendorf
  • Theresa Lemen, Bettendorf
  • Marie Randol, Bettendorf

 Unified Bowling:

  • Ann Newton, Sioux City
  • JJ Reeg-Beckner, Sioux City
  • Ron Schmidt, Sioux City
  • Estrella Tejeda, Sioux City

“We are looking forward to rolling out the red carpet for the athletes, coaches, and visitors who’ll be traveling to Seattle for the USA Games in July 2018,” said Washington Governor Jay Inslee. “These games will be the biggest sporting event to hit the Seattle area in more than 25 years. It is an honor to host this world-class event and model to the rest of the nation what it means to be a community that embraces the ideals of diversity, acceptance, and inclusion.”

The USA Games kick off with the spectacle of the opening ceremony at Husky Stadium on July 1, 2018, and will offer 14 Olympic-type sports: athletics (track and field), basketball, bocce, bowling, flag football, golf, gymnastics, powerlifting, soccer, softball, stand up paddle boarding, swimming, tennis, and volleyball.

“The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will showcase the life and society-changing power of Special Olympics,” said Marc Edenzon, president and managing director of Special Olympics North America. “There is no better way to begin Special Olympics’ 50th-anniversary global celebration in July of 2018 than with this world-class event that will demonstrate to the nation how we use sport to change hearts and minds and build communities of inclusion for all.”

“The 2018 USA Games are on track to be an inspiring and powerful celebration for all involved. Whether you’re an athlete, volunteer, donor or spectator, the 2018 USA Games will be a life-changing experience you won’t want to miss,” said Beth Knox, president, and CEO of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. “As Special Olympics athletes train to reach their highest potential we invite the nation to ‘Rise With Us’ and join the movement to shatter perceptions surrounding people with intellectual disabilities.”

Fans across the country can show their spirit and support by volunteering and attending the 2018 USA Games.  More than 10,000 volunteers are needed to assist with the planning and implementation of the 2018 USA Games. Volunteer registration will begin in January 2018. For more information on volunteer opportunities and to be notified when volunteer registration opens, please visit www.SpecialOlympicsUSAGames.org/volunteer.