2018 USA Games

July 1-6, 2018

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Every four years, Special Olympics conducts a national summer games in the United States that includes athletes from all 52 US Programs. 

The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will bring 3,500 athletes to the greater Seattle area to compete in a variety of sports. Hosted at some of the region’s top athletic facilities including the University of Washington, King County Aquatics Center and Federal Way’s Celebration Park, the USA Games will offer athletes, their coaches, and families a week of national competition while surrounded by Seattle’s beauty and world-class attractions.


Athletics (Track and Field)
Emily Carroll – bronze (100 M walk), silver (standing long jump), sixth place (50 M run), bronze (softball throw)
Brett Harper – fourth place (800 M run), fifth (400 M run), bronze (long jump)
Mark Harris – sixth place (100 M run), seventh place (200 M run), fourth place (shotput)
Shaquana Hobbs – silver (running long jump), sixth place (100 M run), gold (mini javelin), gold (shotput)
Jesse Hodgson – bronze (100 M walk), bronze (softball throw), silver (50 M run), bronze (softball throw) 
Lynna Hodgson – silver (running long jump), gold (100 M run), bronze (200 M run), silver (shotput)
Dustin Johnson – seventh place (100 M run), bronze (200 M run), bronze (mini javelin)
Mary McManus – gold (running long jump), gold (200 M run), silver (400 M run)
4x100 M run – Mary McManus, Dustin Johnson, Mark Harris, Brett Harper (fifth)

Basketball – Silver medal

Bobby Bates – sixth place (singles)
Lisa Berryhill – silver (singles)
Matthew Davidson – fourth place (singles)
Colin Garrison – fourth place (singles)
Amanda Koch – bronze (singles)
James Ross – silver (singles)
Jaime Rosso – sixth place (singles)
Rebecca Tincknell – silver (singles)
Doubles – James Ross/Bobby Bates (sixth place), Amanda Koch/Jaime Rosso (fifth place)
Unified Doubles – Kathy Witmeyer/Becca Tincknell (silver), Larry Hughes/Colin Garrison (fourth place), Paul Davidson/Matt Davidson (silver), Marsha Roselli/Lisa Berryhill (bronze)
Unified Teams – James Ross/Larry Hughes/Paul Davidson/Matt Davidson (fifth place), Becca Tincknell/Amanda Koch/Kathy Witmeyer/Marsha Roselli (fourth place)
Traditional Teams – Jaime Rosso/Bobby Bates/Colin Garrison/Lisa Berryhill (silver)

Kayla Brewer – bronze (singles)
Jeremiah Ellis – gold (singles)
Brandon Mynatt – bronze (singles)
Alaina Toliver – gold (singles)
Unified teams: Trey Toliver/Tyler Busken/Jeremiah Ellis/Brandon Mynatt (gold), Amanda Geno/Erica Koenegstein/Alaina Toliver/Kayla Brewer (silver)
Unified doubles: Amanda Geno/Kayla Brewer (gold), Erica Koenegstein/Alaina Toliver (silver), Tyler Busken/Brandon Mynatt (fourth place), Jeremiah Ellis/Trey Toliver (gold)

Thomas Cleek - 4th place in high performance championship division
John Hughes & Michael Garrison (Unified pair) – Silver 
Cade Marian & Doug Marian (Unified pair) – Silver 
Nick McMullen & Jerry McMullen (Unified pair) – Silver 

Timothy Bray – gold (squat), silver (deadlift), participation ribbon (bench press), participation ribbon (combination)
Jody Davis – silver (squat), gold (deadlift), bronze (bench press), silver (combination)
Brandon Mize – silver (bench press), gold (squat, deadlift, combination)
Charlie Phillips - silver (combination), silver (bench press), bronze (deadlift), bronze (squat)

Softball – Silver medal

Devin Bock – participation ribbon (50 M butterfly), gold (50 M freestyle), fourth (50 M backstroke)
Allison Byrd – gold (100 M IM), sixth (400 M freestyle), silver (200 M breaststroke)
Joel Chrouser – silver (100 M IM), bronze (100 M breaststroke), silver (400 M freestyle) 
Jessica Grammer – bronze (50 M butterfly), fifth (100 M freestyle), fourth (50 M backstroke)
Curtis Herbold – silver (50 M butterfly), sixth (100 M freestyle), gold (25 M backstroke)
Logan Hulett – fourth place (100 M backstroke), gold (200 M freestyle), gold (100 M butterfly)
Neha Naik – gold (25 M backstroke)
Libby Waddell – silver (200 M freestyle), participation ribbon (200 M IM), silver (100 M butterfly)
4x50 M relay – Jessica Grammer, Neha Naik, Curtis Herbold, Devin Bock (gold)
4x100 M relay – Libby Waddell, Joel Chrouser, Logan Hulett, Ali Byrd (silver)

Lucas Blattel – gold (traditional doubles with Simon Caldwell), silver (singles)
Simon Caldwell – gold (traditional doubles with Lucas Blattel), bronze (singles)
Kristopher Greene – bronze (Unified doubles with Jeremy Clayton), bronze (singles)
Jeremy Clayton, Unified Partner – bronze (Unified doubles with Kris Green)


Saturday, June 30
Sunday, July 1
Monday, July 2
Tuesday, July 3
Wednesday, July 4
Thursday, July 5
Friday, July 6
Monday, July 24 (FINAL WRAP-UP)



The best way to stay in-the-know with how Team Missouri is doing while we are out in Seattle is through our mobile app. We will send out nightly newsletter recaps to those of you on our email listserv, but for real-time updates, you will want to have the mobile app. It's a great way to track the team, look through all of the newsletters in one section, see the daily schedule, read up on delegate bios and see the user-posted photos from the Emerald City.

Whether you will watch Team Missouri athletes compete in Seattle or you just want to follow their progress from afar, the Team Missouri mobile app has feature to enhance your experience cheering them on:

  • Schedules
  • Newsletters/updates on daily competitions
  • Maps/directions
  • Communicate with other parents/coaches
  • Photo gallery
  • Alerts from SOMO

There are two ways to download our app:

  • 1. Open the app store on your mobile device and search ‘Whova.’ Once Whova is downloaded, open that app and search ‘Team Missouri’ or ‘USA Games’ and select ‘2018 USA Games: Team Missouri’ and you’re good to go.
  • 2. Scan the QR code in the poster below to take you directly there

We will also be sending out nightly newsletters updating you on the progress of Team Missouri. Those newsletters will be emailed AND posted to the mobile app. If you want to receive the newsletters and updates, but don’t want to sign up for the mobile app, please email Schatsiek@somo.org. The best way to stay up-to-date as competitions are going on, however, is to download the app and receive real-time alerts from Seattle!

We are still working on adding a few things here and there, so make sure you check back in near the end of June to get the full experience.


Congratulations to the members of Team Missouri! 













Team Missouri Announcement Video
Team MO Announcement Reactions
ALL Spotlight Interview Videos (Playlist)
Emoji Game No. 1
Jessica Grammer's Vlog No. 2: Stretching
Jessica Grammer's Vlog No. 3: Walking
Holiday Lyric Challenge
Talent Show: Jessica Grammer's Bad Jokes
Jessica Grammer's Vlog No. 4: Keeping Warm
Talent Show: James Ross Slam Poetry
Jessica Grammer's Vlog No. 5: MovBand Tutorial
Emoji Game No. 3: MOVIES!
Jessica Grammer's Vlog No. 6: Proper Equipment
Emoji Game No. 4: MOVIES! (2nd ed.)
Post-SIG interview: Tollivers
Post-SIG interview: Brandon Mynatt, Jeremiah Ellis and Coach Zach Tallevast
Post-SIG interview: Basketball team
March training interview: Coach Wurst & Lucas Blattel
March training interview: Colin Garrison
March training interview: Coach Terri Dallas
March training interview: Amanda Koch
March training interview: Matthew Davidson
Team Missouri is more than ready to RISE UP! (Hype video)
Special Olympics Athlete's Oath -- Team Missouri 2018
Jessica Grammer's Vlog No. 7 -- Sportsmanship
Faithful Companion Part 1
Team Missouri Uniform Reveal
How to use the mobile app
Best WWE impressions
Jessica Grammer's Vlog No. 8 -- Hygiene 


Amanda Koch, bocce:
"I felt left in the dark and all alone" (Nov. 13, 2017)

Lynna Hodgson, track and field:
Dec. 8-9 Team Training (Dec. 18, 2017) 
What Special Olympics means to me (March 8, 2018)
March Team Training (April 2, 2018)
The time draws near (May 28, 2018)

Allison D'Agostino, PR team:
Athlete-leader makes Team Missouri for public relations (Dec. 18, 2017)
Responsibilities of PR Assistant (Jan. 16, 2018)
Recapping the State Indoor Games (April 3, 2018)
An introspection, an apology and embracing my disability (May 8, 2018)
Unified Fathers (June 6, 2018)

Father lauds Special Olympics, Team Missouri for sons' health improvements (April 17, 2018)
The Faithful Companion (May 21, 2018)
Where everybody knows your name (June 12, 2018)
Large personality (even larger muscles) make Charlie Phillips a star (June 18, 2018)




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