USA Games

Every four years, Special Olympics holds a national competition for Special Olympics athletes across the United States. The next Special Olympics USA Games will be held July 1-6, 2018 in Seattle, Washington.

Special Olympics North Carolina will bring 61 athletes and Unified Partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities who train and compete alongside Special Olympics athletes) to compete in artistic gymnastics, athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, golf, powerlifting, swimming, tennis, Unified flag football and volleyball.

Special Olympics North Carolina uses the advancement criteria set forth by Special Olympics, Inc. to select the athletes who are a part of Team NC.  Gold medal winners from all ability level divisions were put into a random drawing in order to be selected for participation in the Games. For more information, view SONC’s 2018 Special Olympics USA Games Fact Sheet.

View the official Team NC announcement videos

2018 Special Olympics USA Games Team North Carolina Sponsors

Corning Team NC

Charlotte Hornets

New Hanover Regional Medical Center USA Games
Roaring Riot
CCSG Shoe Show
Carolina Panthers


Joey Logano Foundation

North Carolina Youth Representatives

Two students from Wake Forest High School, one special education and one traditional education, will also attend the Games as part of the delegation. These two students have been outstanding youth leaders through the Unified Champion Schools program in their high school and will be gaining even more leadership skills as they help the NC team and interact with other youth leaders in Seattle. Congratulations to Sydie Garrett and Olivia Rudolph!

NC Officer and Athlete to carry
flame of hope

Congratulations to Sgt. Jennifer Osborn of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and Special Olympics Mecklenburg County athlete Robin Callaway for being selected to serve as the “Guardians of the Flame” and escort the Special Olympics Flame of Hope on a journey across Washington state in advance of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. Read the full announcement here

Additional NC Representatives

The following officials and sport development team members from North Carolina will attend the 2018 USA Games as Technical Delegates:

  • Alana Brahler – Golf – Technical Delegate
  • Deb Pontenberg – Bocce – Technical Delegate
  • Richard Frazier – Powerlifting – Technical Delegate

Officials have also been selected for the Games. Those representing North Carolina include:

  • Philip Austin – Athletics
  • D’Leeshia Lee – Athletics
  • Ron Matos – Athletics
  • Eric Gilchrist – Athletics
  • Willie Page – Athletics
  • Anthony Wayne – Athletics
  • Scott Boucher – Bocce
  • Scott Clark – Bocce (Guilford/High Point athlete!)
  • Paul Finks – Bocce
  • Anthony Smith – Bocce
  • Charlotte Smith – Bocce
  • Marsha Smith – Bocce
  • Elijah Frazier – Powerlifting
  • Eynde Frazier – Powerlifting
  • James Hollis – Powerlifting
  • Chris Pearce – Powerlifting
  • Kelly Burnette – Swimming
  • Thornton Burnette – Swimming
  • Kristine Hughes – Volleyball
  • Richard Laskey – Volleyball
  • Randall McLamb – Volleyball
  • Ronald Mutter – Volleyball
  • Brian Webb – Volleyball