Special Olympics
USA Games

June 5-11, 2022   |   Orlando, FL

Team Minnesota

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The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando will unite more than 5,500 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the Caribbean during one of the country’s most cherished sporting events. The USA Games, which is hosted every four years, will mark the largest multi-sport sporting event in Florida history. The Games will offer 19 Olympic-style team and individual sports, including athletics (track & field), basketball, bocce, bowling, cheerleading, equestrian, flag football, golf, gymnastics, open water swimming, powerlifting, soccer, softball, stand up paddleboard, surfing, swimming, tennis, triathlon and volleyball. Keep scrolling to learn more about Special Olympics Minnesota’s journey to USA Games including our full roster, athlete highlights and information about how to get connected!

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Team Minnesota Roster

Staff & team support

Kelly Monicatti, Head of Delegation (HOD)
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Melissa Holmes, Assistant HOD
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Zak Armstrong, Families Coordinator
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Kaylee Shields, Marketing Coordinator
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Kelly Rogers, Team Nurse
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Austin Ewing

Sport: Powerlifting
Hometown: Springfield, MN
Age: 26

Austin Ewing has been involved with Special Olympics Minnesota for about five years. He’s competed in track and field and participated in Leadership University, but his favorite sport in the world is powerlifting.

Growing up, Austin was often bullied and told that he would never accomplish anything. But he found a healthy outlet in powerlifting and a second home in the gym. When he began powerlifting, he found that working out, setting goals and pushing himself harder every day made him feel like he was pushing the mean words people said out of his body and mind.

Through his involvement with Special Olympics, Austin has not only gotten physically stronger, but has gained confidence and become more outgoing, especially when it comes to public speaking. So much so that his mom and younger sisters gave him the nickname “Jib Jabber.” While his list of accomplishments keeps growing, Austin says he’s the most proud of “being a powerlifter, a good son, brother and friend.”

Austin’s biggest inspiration and number one fan is his mom. She’s been supportive of his goals every step of the way and can’t wait to watch him compete in Orlando. “Attending USA Games is a dream come true for Austin. It validates all the hard work and commitment he has been training toward. Austin has big dreams of someday attending World Games and one day hopes to be nominated for an ESPY. He can’t wait to travel and have his family there to cheer him on.”

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