As the World Cup pauses, some of the best, most spirited soccer around is taking place right here in Seattle. The 2018 Special Olympics have, indeed, come to Capitol Hill. Consider making the games part of your 4th of July celebration.
Tuesday, CHS visited Seattle University’s Championship Field and SU Park for some early round soccer action. We also took in some of the basketball competition taking place at Seattle U.
We found a gorgeous sunny day with shining examples of sportsmanship, encouragement, and kindness — plus some serious athletic skill.
More than 4,000 athletes are participating in 14 different sports throughout the Seattle region as part of this 50th anniversary Special Olympics.“People probably underestimate the capabilities people with intellectual disability have –- that perceived gap really isn’t there. You will find within the intellectual disability community, there are more things alike than different,” a Special Olympics representative told CHS as we reported on the plans for the 2018 games in Seattle here in March. Intellectual disability is the most common developmental disability and includes Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Apert Syndrome and others.
Some 70,000 fans are expected to attend the games along with 10,000 volunteers. The events are free to attend.
If you would like to enjoy the games and the inspiration, the soccer action continues with finals and medal rounds at Seattle U through July 5:
9:00am – 4:00pm Unified Team (5v5) Male/Female Pool Play
9:00am – 4:00pm Traditional Team (5v5) Male/Female Medal Round
9:00am – 1:00pm Unified Team (7v7) Male/Female Medal Round
9:00am – 10:20am Interscholastic Unified Team (5v5) Male/Female Medal Round
9:00am – 11:40am Unified Team (7v7) Male/Female Finals
10:20am – 1:00pm Traditional Team (5v5) Male/Female Finals
11:40am – 2:40pm Interscholastic Unified Team (5v5) Male/Female Finals
2:40pm – 5:00pm All Awards Seattle University
You can also take in other competitions at venues across the city including many at the University of Washington. Check out the schedules at specialolympicsusagames.org.
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