Special Olympics USA

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Logo of the 2006 Special Olympics USA National Games

The Special Olympics USA National Games is a Special Olympics event held every four years in the United States.[1]

2006 Games[edit]

The first, quadrennial, USA National Games were held July 1–8, 2006, in Ames, Iowa.[2] The city of Ames and Iowa State University hosted over 3000 athletes from all 50 states in 13 sports, including aquatics, basketball, bocce, bowling, golf, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, powerlifting, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.[2] Over 8000 volunteers were needed to make this event run smoothly. Actor Tom Arnold, originally from Iowa, was the Master of Ceremonies for the Opening Ceremonies, and several other celebrities were at the event as well, including NFL quarterback Kurt Warner and actor Brandon Routh, both also Iowans.

2010 Games[edit]

Lincoln, Nebraska hosted the games, July 18–23.[1]

Winner was Heaven Garcia who took the gold followed by April Garris with the silver.

2014 Games[edit]

The 2014 USA Games, held from June 14–21 in New Jersey, were the largest, most inclusive USA Games to date.[3] Nearly 3,500 athletes competed in 16 Olympic-style team and individual sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and 70,000 family, friends and spectators. The Special Olympics USA Games celebrated the Special Olympics movement, promoted the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport and showcased athletes from throughout the U.S. and the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. The 2014 USA Games also highlighted Special Olympics’ work in sport, education, health and communities. The Opening Ceremony was held at Prudential Center in Newark.[4][5] Competition was held at venues throughout Mercer County including The College of New Jersey in the Trenton suburb of Ewing,[6] Rider University, Princeton University and Mercer County Park.

The 2014 USA Games featured the most inclusive sport offerings in the history of the Special Olympics movement, with Special Olympics Unified Sports (athletes with and without intellectual disabilities competing as teammates) competition offered in 10 of the 16 sports. For the first time at a USA Games, baseball was contested, as a demonstration sport, with the gold medal game being played under the lights, in front of thousands at Arm & Hammer Stadium, home of the Trenton Thunder.[7] The gold– and bronze–medal games were played in Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton.[7][8][9] Triathlon was also offered for the first time with male, female and Unified competitors. [10]

The overall budget for the 2014 USA Games exceeded $15M. Founding partners for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games include 21st Century Fox, Barnabas Health, HESS, KPMG, New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, Prudential, PSE&G, ShopRite, Toys“R”Us and WWE.[11] [12]

The Chairman & CEO of the 2014 USA Games was TJ Nelligan.[13]

One of the greatest outcomes of the 2014 USA Games was the creation of a one-hour television special that truly captured the Games’ excitement. Celebrating Champions: 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, produced by WWE and presented on Fox Sports 1, allowed spectators to view the Games through the eyes of six athletes and experience all that Special Olympics has afforded them.[14] [15] [16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Special Olympics 2010 USA National Games official website. Retrieved 2014-06-21.
  2. ^ a b Games Results. 2006 Special Olympics USA National Games official website. Retrieved 2014-06-21.
  3. ^ 2014 USA Games / Princeton, NJ. Special Olympics official website. Retrieved 2014-06-21.
  4. ^ Kuperinsky, Amy (June 15, 2014). "Special Olympics 2014 USA Games opening ceremonies illuminate Prudential Center". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2014-06-21. 
  5. ^ http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2014/06/special_olympics_2014_usa_games_opening_ceremony_prudential_center_nj.html#incart_river_default
  6. ^ http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/nj_gets_special_olympics_in_AhbV8cwlMBY8Q28oKJTOWN#ixzz1Gu0NXQdp
  7. ^ a b Teicher, Benjamin (June 19, 2014). "Special Olympics baseball games debut at Trenton Thunder ballpark". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved 2014-06-21. 
  8. ^ Baseball. 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games official website. Retrieved 2014-06-21.
  9. ^ "New Jersey Wins Special Olympics Gold At ARM & HAMMER Park". Trenton Thunder. June 20, 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-21. "Team New Jersey captured the Gold Medal in the Special Olympics USA Games Inaugural Baseball Finals. Team Rhode Island earned the Silver Medal, Team Delaware earned Bronze and Team Alabama finished in fourth." 
  10. ^ Urciuoli, Brielle (June 18, 2014). "Mercer County Park hosts Special Olympics' inaugural triathlon". The Times of Trenton. Retrieved 2014-06-21. 
  11. ^ http://www.njbiz.com/article/20140526/NJBIZ01/305239997/Corporate-sponsors-bring-new-exposure-to-Special-Olympics.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2014/06/09/Events-and-Attractions/Special-Olympics-USA-Games.aspx?hl=tj%20nelligan&sc=0.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2014/06/09/Events-and-Attractions/Special-Olympics-Nelligan.aspx?hl=tj%20nelligan&sc=0.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/06/27/4204006/miamis-andy-miyares-to-be-featured.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ http://www.thestate.com/2014/06/30/3540353/sc-special-olympian-featured-on.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ http://blog.nola.com/river/2014/06/special_athlete_from_vacherie.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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