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

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


Participant Role Sport Hometown
Joey Hancock Coach Bowling Bozeman
Avery Corneliusen Unified Partner Bowling Billings
Garrison Hein Athlete Bowling Billings
Taffy McCombs Unified Partner Bowling Cut Bank
Katie Siebrecht Athlete Bowling Cut Bank
Kathy Wanner Coach Bocce Great Falls
Linda Croskrey Unified Partner Bocce Great Falls
Betsy Schaffer Athlete Bocce Great Falls
Sadie Bailey Unified Partner Bocce Victor
Zoe Barber Athlete Bocce Victor
Kris Kelly Coach Bocce Polson
Michael Vergeront Unified Partner Bocce Polson
Chance Hoover Athlete Bocce Polson
Nate Lopez Unified Partner Bocce Anaconda
Dillon Pickering Athlete Bocce Anaconda
Mark Kuhr Coach Powerlifting Whitefish
Sylvester Vermillion Athlete Powerlifting Columbia Falls
Chandler Krahn Athlete Powerlifting Charlo
Greg Grove Coach Athletics Eureka
Jen Mazur Athlete Athletics Great Falls
Ellen Bischoff Athlete Athletics Helena
Zach Stenson Athlete Athletics Butte
Jon Turner Athlete Athletics Big Timber

Team Montana Gold Medal Sponsors

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 and follow on Facebook (@SpecialOlympicsUSAGames), Twitter (@2018USAGames) and Instagram (@SpecialOlympicsUSAGames).

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