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USA Games

USA Games 2017-08-30T16:46:23-05:00

July 1-6, 2018 | Seattle, WA

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Approximately 3,500 Special Olympics athletes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will take part in the 2018 USA Games, a premier national Summer Games event showcasing the power and joy of sports at the highest levels. Competitions will be offered in both traditional and Unified play, bringing together the community to support and play side-by-side with our athletes.

While the Games will highlight competition, special events including Opening and Closing Ceremonies, athlete events and educational programs throughout the week will create an experience of a lifetime for all athletes, families and volunteers in attendance.

Special Olympics Minnesota received quota in the sports listed below. We’ve also provided a link to our coach application. The selection process for our 2018 USA Games delegation will be completed in phases throughout 2017. Please check back on this page in the coming months to see our progress!

Submission Deadlines

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Coach applications
Bowling
Swimming
Unified flag football
Unified high school basketball

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Athletics
Artistic gymnastics
Tennis

Monday, Sept 25, 2017

Bocce

Quota & Eligibility Info

Athlete information and application packet (PDF)

Quota: four females, four males, two coaches

Eligibility criteria:
Bocce eligibility list (PDF)
Athlete participated in 2017 Fall Games – Bocce.
Athlete received a gold medal in a qualifying event.
Qualifying events are singles events only.

Submission deadline for athlete information packet: Monday, Sept 25, 2017

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Quota: four females, 1 coach

Eligibility criteria:
Athlete participated in 2017 Summer Games – Artistic Gymnastics.
In the sport of artistic gymnastics, we have included all participants in the Levels we have quota for on the list of eligible athletes. Due to the limited pool of gold medal winners, but with all other things being equal, we will give preference and priority to eligible athletes who apply and have placed highest in our qualifying competition.

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Quota: four females, four males, two coaches

Eligibility criteria:
Athlete participated in 2017 Summer Games – Athletics.
Athlete received a gold medal in a qualifying event.
Qualifying events are 100M or longer without being an assisted or relay event.
In addition, we have one female athlete spot with a qualifying event being a 400M or longer walk, as well as one male athlete spot for an athlete who can complete the 100M run in under 13.44 seconds.
Minnesota did not receive quota for the following events: 50M run/walk, 100 walk, wheelchair events, softball throw, tennis ball throw and standing long jump. We also did not receive male quota for walking events.

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Quota: four females, four males, 2 coaches

Eligibility criteria:
Athlete participated in 2016 State Bowling.
Athlete received a gold medal in a qualifying event.
Qualifying events were singles events only.

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Quota: four females, four males, two coaches

Eligibility criteria:
Athlete participated in 2017 Spring Games – Swimming.
Athlete received a gold medal in a qualifying event.
Qualifying events are 25M or longer (excluding the 25M freestyle) without being a flotation, assisted or relay event.

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Quota: 4 males, 1 coach

Eligibility criteria:
Athlete participated in 2017 Summer Games – Tennis.
Qualifying events are singles events only.
In the sport of tennis, for eligibility, we have included all medal winners in the list of eligible athletes, due to the limited pool of gold medal winners. But with all other things being equal, will give preference and priority to eligible athletes who apply and have placed highest in our qualifying competition.

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Quota: One all-male or co-ed team, 3 coaches

Eligibility criteria:
Athlete participated in 2016 State Flag Football Competition – Unified Flag Football.
Athlete’s team received a gold medal in a qualifying event.
Qualifying event was Unified Flag Football.
Unified Partners complete the Athlete Application.
Please submit all of your team’s applications together.

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Quota: One co-ed team, 3 coaches

Eligibility criteria:
Athlete participated in 2017 Spring Games – Unified Basketball.
Athlete’s team received a gold medal in a qualifying event.
Qualifying event is Unified Full Court Basketball (Spring Games).
Team must be High School age participants during the 17/18 school year.
Unified Partners complete the Athlete Application.
Please submit all of your team’s applications together.

Introducing Team Minnesota!

Athletics

Coach: Becky Bartz (Albany Schools)
Coach: Chad Blank (Anoka County Cougars)
Athletes TBA

Bocce

Coach: Mike Miesen (Monticello Mavericks)
Coach: Nancy Schwindel (ROCORI)
Athletes TBA

Artistic Gymnastics

Coach: Corinne Schattschneider (Perham)
Athletes TBA

Tennis

Coach & athletes TBA

Bowling

Coach: Andy Cameron (The Flames)
Coach: Kari Tadych (Mora Mustangs)
Samantha Bierlein (Wild West)
Megan Bruggenmeier (Wild West)
Jackie Dose (Sibley Sonics)
Russell Greenhalge (South Region Stars)
John Harms (Tri-County Chargers)
Trent Kekedakis (The Flames)
Mark Pfeiffer (The Blues)
Valerie Winters (OMGAA Storm)

Swimming

Coach: Dale Nelson (Delano)
Coach: Kristin Nelson (Delano)
Eric Anderson (Delano)
Parker Bruns (Bemidji Community)
Sienna Hackbarth (Wild West)
Sarah Haugen (South Region Stars)
Connor Holcomb (Wild West)
Shawn Kiefer (Bemidji Community)
Sara Kigin (Granite City Rocks)
Katie Worrell (The Blues)

Unified Basketball

Team: Orono High School
Coach & athletes TBA

Unified Flag Football

Team: St. Michael-Albertville Stallions
Coaches: Chad Libby, Olivia Lutz, Steve O’Connor

Athletes
Jeff Barthel
Andy Chatelle
Brandon Heaton
Aaron Johnson
Kyle Kauffman
Derek Vetsch

Unified Partners
Jacob Anderson
Tim Horan
Jeremy Kuhn
Aimee Libby

CONTACT

Kelly Monicatti | Program Director
kelly.monicatti@somn.org | 763.270.7168