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.

Team Michigan

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.

Click here for more details, including a broadcast schedule, of ESPN's USA Games coverage

If you are a media outlet in need of high definition event b-roll, please contact Aaron Mills at aaron.mills@somi.org for access to ABC/ESPN's DropBox folder.

Results

Schedules and competition results are available on the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games website. Results will be updated daily.

Meet Team Michigan

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Athletics

Julian Borst
Athlete
Kalamazoo, MI

Winston Eckert
Athlete
Burr Oak, MI

Sean Richardson
Athlete
Dearborn, MI

Edward Roulo
Athlete
Brownstown, MI

Coach Dave Pruder

Basketball (Sr. Male)

Kadeem Clay
Athlete
Pontiac, MI

Fremier Collazo
Athlete
Pontiac, MI

Alexus Fitch
Athlete
Pontiac, MI

Rasheen Hatton
Athlete
Pontiac, MI

Andrew Howell
Athlete
Pontiac, MI

Micah Jones
Athlete
Pontiac, MI

Pierre Leak
Athlete
Pontiac, MI

Omar Page
Athlete
Pontiac, MI

Nate Perkins
Athlete
Pontiac, MI

Tiffany Powers
Athlete
Pontiac, MI

Coach Tony Pittman
Coach Fred McFadden
Coach Petrina Hill

Basketball (Unified)

Jaclyn Clark
Unified Partner
Monroe, MI

Alexis Cowell
Unified Partner
Monroe, MI

Evan Earnest
Unified Partner
Monroe, MI

Ethan Lynch
Athlete
Monroe, MI

Joshua Matthews
Athlete
Monroe, MI

Christoper Miracle
Athlete
Monroe, MI

Nicholas Owens
Athlete
Monroe, MI

Zachary Pippens
Athlete
Monroe, MI

Olivia Salenbien
Unified Partner
Monroe, MI

Bailey Shipe
Unified Partner
Monroe, MI

Coach Kerry Simmons
Coach Heather Blankenship

Bocce

Dorothy Blanchette
Athlete
Muskegon, MI

Ashley Kennedy
Athlete
Grand Rapids, MI

Elizabeth Procunier
Athlete
Brighton, MI

Samantha Shaw
Athlete
Sterling Heights, MI

Coach Chris Thomas

Flag Football (Unified)

Thomas Arra
Athlete
Holt, MI

Jacob Dibean
Athlete
Holt, MI

Johnathan Dreysse
Athlete
Holt, MI

Jacob Fluke
Unified Partner
Holt, MI

Bryan Hulle
Athlete
Holt, MI

Mitchell Johnson
Unified Partner
Holt, MI

Bryce Moore
Unified Partner
Holt, MI

Bradley Moore, Jr.
Athlete
Holt, MI

Morgan Rockwell
Unified Partner
Holt, MI

Joshua Swenson
Unified Partner
Holt, MI

Coach Valerie Suszko
Coach Sally Meade
Coach Carl Mierndorf

Powerlifting

Mark Denardo
Athlete
Kalamazoo, MI

Thomas Southard
Athlete
Canton, MI

Coach Jacob Miller

Swimming

Laura Chubner
Athlete
Saginaw, MI

Christina Danieli
Athlete
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

Amanda Kragt
Athlete
Holland, MI

Crystal Pickelman
Athlete
Holland, MI

Coach Lori DeYoung

Volleyball

Brian Albretsen
Athlete
Kalamazoo, MI

Alex Amos
Athlete
Pullman, MI

Adele Brown
Athlete
Grand Junction, MI

Jarrel Greathouse
Athlete
Bangor, MI

Daniel Hererra
Athlete
Lawrence, MI

Christopher Newman
Athlete
Lawrence, MI

Steven Northam
Athlete
Kalamazoo, MI

Dustin Ockerman
Athlete
Bloomingdale, MI

Travis Short
Athlete
Bangor, MI

David Strand
Athlete
Gobles, MI

Nick White
Athlete
Gobles, MI

Coach Tim McDaniel
Coach Paula Mott
Coach Bill Nelson