Special Olympics USA
The first, quadrennial, USA National Games were held July 1–8, 2006, in Ames, Iowa. 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. 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.
Winner was Heaven Garcia who took the gold followed by April Garris with the silver.
The 2014 national games were held from June 14–21 in New Jersey. The opening ceremonies were held in the Prudential Center in Newark. The College of New Jersey in the Trenton suburb of Ewing will host most of the competition be home to the Olympic Village. Some events will be held at Rider University, Princeton University and Mercer County Park. Organizers say they need to raise $12 million to $15 million and they have corporate sponsors in TD Bank, Wyndham Worldwide, AmeriHealth and Jumpstart Auto.
Baseball was introduced as a sport at the national games for the first time, with four teams — from Alabama, Delaware, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. The gold– and bronze–medal games were played in Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton.
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- 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games official website
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