More than 4,000 athletes and coaches representing 50 state Programs 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.
55 athletes have been named to Team Michigan for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. Athletes from Michigan will compete in athletics, basketball, bocce, swimming, powerlifting, volleyball, basketball and flag football.
A complete list of athletes and Unified partners, as well as bio pictures can be found at the bottom of this page. Click here for a team roster.
In addition to Michigan's athletes and coaches, Sheriff Howie Hanft of the Ogemaw County Sheriff Department will take part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Final Leg at the 2018 USA Games. Sheriff Hanft has volunteered with Special Olympics Michigan since 1985, is a Michigan LETR Hall of Fame inductee and has also been a member of the Michigan LETR Executive Council.
National Television Coverage
ESPN's coverage of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle will begin July 1 with a live two-and-a-half hour special on ABC capturing the inspiration, pageantry, performances and special guests of the USA Games Opening Ceremony. Kevin Negandhi will host ESPN's coverage of the Opening Ceremony, and will anchor its nightly coverage throughout the Games. Monday, July 2 through Friday, July 6, Negandhi will host 2018 Special Olympics USA Games each night on ESPN2, bringing viewers the stories, competition showcase, interviews and more from Seattle each evening.
Additionally, throughout the week, ESPN3 will carry six and a half hours of LIVE streaming coverage from swimming competition taking place at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.