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!
Team Minnesota Roster
HALF COURT BASKETBALL
UNIFIED BASKETBALL – HIGH SCHOOL
UNIFIED BASKETBALL – COLLEGE
TRACK & FIELD
UNIFIED YOUTH LEADERSHIP
Staff & team support
Kelly Monicatti, Head of Delegation (HOD)
Melissa Holmes, Assistant HOD
Zak Armstrong, Families Coordinator
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Hometown: North Branch, MN
Emily Ward began her journey with Special Olympics when she was young, participating in bowling, softball, track and swimming. But in high school, Emily found a love for horseback riding. She quickly began participating in equestrian events with Mission Creek and eventually joined her current team, Cloverdale Farm.
“I try not to let anything get in my way with having a disability,” says Emily. “I know that I can do anything I set my mind to. Special Olympics has taught me about good sportsmanship and being able to congratulate others.”
Emily has been training hard for the 2022 USA Games. She’s excited to travel to Orlando with Team Minnesota and do her best in the equestrian events.
“Attending the 2022 USA Games means hard work and dedication and knowing how far I’ve come. This will be my first time ever to represent Minnesota at USA Games. I’m looking forward to meeting new people and making new friends. And of course, going to Orlando because I’ve never been there before!”
Beyond her involvement with Special Olympics, Emily loves listening to music, reading, swimming, coloring, going to church and hanging out with her family and friends.
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