Team Montana heads to Seattle for the Special Olympics USA Games

Team Montana heads to Seattle for the Special Olympics USA Games

Special Olympics Montana is proud to announce that 26 Montanans have been selected to represent our state at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, WA. From July 1-6, Team Montana will join Special Olympics athletes and coaches from across the nation, along with tens of thousands of volunteers, family members and fans, for a week of special events and competitions in 14 team and individual sports. Team Montana is made up of 12 athletes, 6 unified partners, 5 coaches, and 3 LETR officers (see the complete list below). The team will be competing in 4 sports – bocce, bowling, powerlifting, and athletics.

The members of Team Montana will arrive in Great Falls on Friday, June 29 to receive their uniforms from 1:30- 3:30 pm followed by a Send-Off Celebration Dinner from 5-7 pm. The dinner will be hosted at the University of Providence (UP) for the delegates and their families and friends. The public is invited to attend a community ice cream social from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the UP McLaughlin Center. Team Montana will be flying out of Great Falls on Saturday, June 30. Thank you to our Team Montana Gold Medal sponsors, Century Gaming Technologies and Universal Athletics, for supporting our USA Games athletes.

In addition to the team delegation members, Team Montana will have Law Enforcement Torch Run representatives participating in the 2018 USA Games LETR Final Leg. They include Jason Parce of the Kalispell PD as a Torch Runner, Jason Johnson of MT Dept. of Justice as a Team Leader, and Domingo Leveque-Zapata of the Helena Police Dept. as a Support Member. For more information about LETR and the 2018 USA Games LETR Final Leg visit http://www.letr-finalleg.org/2018Main/2018Overview/.

Team Montana’s journey at the USA Games begins with the Opening Ceremony on Sunday, July 1, where they will march in the Parade of Athletes in front of thousands of spectators at the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium. ABC will broadcast the Opening Ceremony live starting at 12:30 p.m. PT/1:30 p.m. MT. ESPN USA Games Coverage

Follow Team Montana’s progress throughout the USA Games on Twitter: @SO_Montana and Facebook: specialolympicsmontana

USA GAMES – TEAM MONTANA DELEGATION

ParticipantRoleSportHometown
Joey HancockCoachBowlingBozeman
Avery CorneliusenUnified PartnerBowlingBillings
Garrison HeinAthleteBowlingBillings
Taffy McCombsUnified PartnerBowlingCut Bank
Katie SiebrechtAthleteBowlingCut Bank
Kathy WannerCoachBocceGreat Falls
Linda CroskreyUnified PartnerBocceGreat Falls
Betsy SchafferAthleteBocceGreat Falls
Sadie BaileyUnified PartnerBocceVictor
Zoe BarberAthleteBocceVictor
Kris KellyCoachBoccePolson
Michael VergerontUnified PartnerBoccePolson
Chance HooverAthleteBoccePolson
Nate LopezUnified PartnerBocceAnaconda
Dillon PickeringAthleteBocceAnaconda
Mark KuhrCoachPowerliftingWhitefish
Sylvester VermillionAthletePowerliftingColumbia Falls
Chandler KrahnAthletePowerliftingCharlo
Greg GroveCoachAthleticsEureka
Jen MazurAthleteAthleticsGreat Falls
Ellen BischoffAthleteAthleticsHelena
Zach StensonAthleteAthleticsButte
Jon TurnerAthleteAthleticsBig Timber

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About the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will be held in Seattle, Washington July 1-6, 2018. More than 4,000 participants representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, along with the support of tens of thousands of volunteers and spectators, will compete in 14 Olympic-type team and individual sports. The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will celebrate the Special Olympics movement and its 50th anniversary; promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport; and showcase athletes from throughout the U.S. and the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. The 2018 USA Games will also highlight Special Olympics’ work in sport, education, health and community-building.

For more information on the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, please visit SpecialOlympicsUSAGames.org and follow on Facebook (@SpecialOlympicsUSAGames), Twitter (@2018USAGames) and Instagram (@SpecialOlympicsUSAGames).

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