Special Olympics
USA Games

Team Minnesota   |   June 5-11, 2022   |   Orlando, FL

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

HALF COURT BASKETBALL

Michelle Alvord
Kendra Busch
Mia Camp
Amber Feigh
Kari Groebner
Amber Leith
Peyton Libby
Brooke Quiram
Chelsey Stevens
Tammy Suess
Wanda Welch
Katie Young

Coaches
Jodi Beuch
Liz Hvidsten
Aimee Libby
Helena Way

UNIFIED BASKETBALL – HIGH SCHOOL

Mercedes Burmeister
Ethan Domjan
Joe Engeldinger
Landon Ensign
Brianna Hall
Cole Matter
Zak Miller
Julia Otto
Cayden Stucchi
Dennis VonHunsen

Coaches
Joe Perez
Shawn Perez

UNIFIED BASKETBALL – COLLEGE

John Conway
Nora Coughlan
Josh Hayes
Mariana Hughes
Orlando Gouse
Michael Grace
Ryan Johnson
Will Larson
Nikoli Marr
Michael Rowe

Coaches
Drew DeVore
De’Jha Pontoo

UNIFIED BOCCE

Nicole Anderson & Stephanie Anderson
Logen Duper & Patrick Helders
Abby Neeser & Becca Thom
Bruce Parker & Joe Parker

Coaches
Mike Miesen
Nancy Schwindel

INDIVIDUAL BOWLING

Karen Elden
Brandon Gangl
Tyler Sarff
Sophia Grace Meyers

Coaches
Tammy Bauer
Paul Gangl
Josh Moss

UNIFIED BOWLING

Kelsey Boegel & Ann Krause
Daniel Hayes & John Hayes
Tyler Kurkowski & Chad Schmitz
Chelsey Roesner & Maria Roesner

EQUESTRIAN

Hunter Bahr
Emily Ward

Coach
Sue Hancock

UNIFIED GOLF

Carson Anderson & Sidney Rioux
Dana Elofson & Donna Elofson
Alex Hanson & Trey Soydara
Laura Northway & Barb Northway

Coaches
Sheila Hanson
Wayne Hanson

GYMNASTICS

Lucy Haugland
Pierce Pennaz
Joshua Skordahl
Anna Stankevitz

Coach
Megan Johnski

POWERLIFTING

Bradley Biersdorf
Daniel Boyd
Austin Ewing
Darius Sirek

Coach
Andy Cameron

UNIFIED SOFTBALL

Joseph Carlstrom
Joshua Clark
Marcellus Dees
Matthew Dorow
Afton Emich
Carlos Jackson
Dominique McCleary
Lucas Petrich
Ryan Petrich
Natalya Rawley
Dakota Rawley
Annika Schmillen
Abigail Schrick
CJ Weydert
Jackson Woolems

Coaches
Brian Petrich
Ruth Petrich
Don Schmillen
Jim Weydert

SWIMMING

Eric Anderson
Brittany Beaulieu
Shelby Eisenshenk
Park Gilmer
Abby Mathison
Bethany Mussell
Jacob Reisnour
Sydney Sexton

Coaches
Lisa Edelbrock
Dale Nelson
Kristin Nelson

TRACK & FIELD

Jack Anderson
Michelle Bodurtha
Anna Hilborn
Andrea Howlett
Eric Jarvis
Hannah Krafft
Sydney Kuechle
Jerad Magnuson
Benjamin Pederson
Charlie Rea
AJ Sherwood
Elizabeth Thorn
Cassy Wheeler
Chris Wheeler

Coaches
Becky Bartz
Chad Blank
Jim Chalmers
Lori Folk
Brittany Sletten

UNIFIED YOUTH LEADERSHIP

William Duncan & Samuel Wilson

Coach
Nick Cedergren

Staff & team support

Kelly Monicatti, Head of Delegation (HOD)
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Melissa Holmes, Assistant HOD
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Emily Garness, Families Coordinator[email protected]

Kaylee Shields, Marketing Coordinator
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Mike Kane, Additional Staff
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Athlete highlight

Lucy Haugland

Sport: Gymnastics
Hometown: Plymouth, MN
Age: 24

Lucy has been involved with Special Olympics Minnesota for over 16 years. She participates in artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, alpine skiing, floor hockey and bowling. She is very involved in Leadership University and is an official Athlete Influencer, regularly sharing her passion for Special Olympics on social media.

“Special Olympics gives me social and fitness opportunities for my overall health and wellbeing. I love being challenged in my sports to become a better athlete, and the leadership classes have helped me advocate for myself and others.”

Outside of Special Olympics, Lucy loves to practice sign language, learn about her family history and volunteer at her local library.

Earlier this summer, Lucy got a big surprise! She found out that she was selected to attend the 2022 USA Games from ESPN SportsCenter anchor, Hannah Storm!

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