The Team Oregon Delegation was selected from across Oregon to participate in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey. Athletes from Team Oregon will join over 3,500 athletes from all over the country for a week of competition and events, featuring a total of 16 sports on a national stage with over 70,000 spectators!
Over 19 athletes, nine coaches, six unified partners, one caddie volunteer and three Special Olympics Oregon staff will be heading to New Jersey on June 14th where they will begin competition and taking part in a number of exciting events, including New Jersey Welcome Day, Opening Ceremony in Newark at the Prudential Center, a dinner cruise of the Manhattan harbor, Sports Showcases and the Closing Ceremony in Trenton at the Sun National Bank Center.
This is not only an exciting event for Team Oregon athletes to get to participate in, but a chance to experience new adventures such as travelling and meeting people from all over the country.
When we asked Unified Basketball Athlete Alexandra Hoppe what she was most looking forward to she said, “I can’t wait to fly on an airplane for the first time to New Jersey. I’m also very excited to spend time with my team.”
Aaron Cunningham, a Team Oregon power lifting athlete said that he is “looking forward to the adventure and seeing all the other athletes who have trained just as hard.”
Special Olympics Oregon athlete Kyle Gates and Unified Partner Joel Shuster will also be travelling with the Team Oregon delegation to USA Games to represent Bend High School and Special Olympics Oregon as youth leaders at the Special Olympics National Youth Summit.
Over 100 student leaders from across the United States will participate in the week-long Summit that will focus on how sports can be a platform for a social justice movement and an opportunity to advance an effective campaign for change in schools and communities.
Every donation helps to bring Team Oregon to the USA Games! We appreciate your support and all that you do for Special Olympics Oregon.