2010 Special Olympics USA National Games


Team Oregon Competes at 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Nebraska

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Lincoln, Nebraska —Special Olympics Oregon delegates recently participated in the 2nd Special Olympics USA National Games on July 18-23, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Approximately 3,000 Special Olympics athletes represented programs from all over the country. The 2010 USA National Games will be one of the largest multi-sporting events taking place in the United States this year.

As part of Team Oregon, Special Olympics Oregon sent 30 delegates to the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games. All competitors qualified for selection by first earning a gold medal at a sanctioned Special Olympics Oregon competition in their respective sport during the past year.

Individual Special Olympics Oregon athletes from around the state competed in aquatics, athletics (track & field) and bowling. In addition, a Unified Sports® 5aside soccer team from Sutherlin High School represented Team Oregon. Unified Sports is a program that combines approximately equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) on sports teams for training and competition. In Unified Sports 5aside soccer, three athletes and two partners must be on the field of play at all times. They competed in a division featuring other youth-aged Unified Sports® teams from around the country. For a complete list of Team Oregon members, please see below.

“Special Olympics Oregon is very proud of the group chosen to represent our state," said Margaret Hunt, Special Olympics Oregon CEO, "As Special Olympics expands its programs to over 150 countries across the globe, programs in the U.S. have continued to grow as well. These National Games were an opportunity for us to celebrate this growth and for our athletes to compete against their peers across the country.”

In addition to 3,000 athletes representing all 50 states, more than 9,000 volunteers, 1,000 coaches and official delegates, and 12,000 family members and friends of athletes converged on the University of Nebraska campus in Lincoln. Many of the Oregon athletes’ families were in Lincoln for the entire event.

Sports competition for the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games included competition in 13 different Olympic-type sports. There were also spectacular Opening and Closing Ceremonies, health and wellness services, celebrity appearances, and educational symposiums. For more information, please visit http://www.2010specialolympics.org

Special Olympics Oregon is a year-round program offering training and competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports to thousands of Oregonians with intellectual disabilities aged 8 years and older. In the Special Olympics Oregon program, athletes gain self-confidence, social competency and other enhanced skills, both physical and social. Please visit our web site at www.soor.org for more information.

2010 Special Olympics Oregon – TEAM OREGON
30 Delegates - 17 athletes, 4 unified partners and 6 coaches

Aquatics – 1 coach, 4 athletes
• Coach: Paula Moe, North Powder
• Athletes: Zackary Childers, Eugene; Danielle Pschick, Happy Valley; Margot Sonnenschien, Portland; Johnny Waller, North Bend

Athletics (Track & Field) – 1 coach, 4 athletes

• Coach: Doug Trice, La Grande
• Athletes: Duane Means, Salem; Jeremy Petty, The Dalles; Rebecca Simms, Redmond; Lorna Wynn, Redmond

Bowling - 1 coach, 4 athletes
• Coach: Paul W. Harvey, IV, Eugene
• Athletes: Kayla Clore, Milwaukie; Norman Feigert, Gold Beach; Nick Pearce, Coquille; Denise Reairdon, Oregon City

Unified Sports® Soccer – Sutherlin HS – 3 coaches, 5 athletes, 4 unified partners (hometown is Sutherlin unless noted otherwise)

• Head Coach: Matt Parrish
• Assistant Coaches: Pam Erickson, Jill Fummerton (Roseburg)
• Athletes: Devon Colburn, Garrett Hoppe, Donald Knight, Brittany Thompson (Roseburg), Heather Tooth
• Partners: Lucas Erickson, MacKenna Hainey, Jillian Johnson, Hannah Kasal