With all the excitement of the World Cup and MLB games, many of us have looked over another major sporting event: the USA Games. For those that don’t follow the Special Olympics, the organization has inclusive competitions in nearly 170 countries and Summer and Winter World Games between the countries. The USA Games are held every four years between teams from all fifty states as well as the District of Columbia. This year’s Special Olympics were hosted in Seattle, Washington from July 1 to July 6 and saw over 4,000 athletes and coaches competing in 14 different sports.
Starting with basketball, Texas used their stellar defense to bring home the gold for Women’s Traditional Basketball and North Carolina controlled the play for the gold in Men’s Traditional Basketball. In soccer, Hawaii narrowly beat out South Carolina to win and volleyball saw Washington edge out Michigan 25-20, 25-20. In the individual events, such as athletics and swimming, athletes young and old alike from all over the US shone out through both their love of the sports and their drive to compete.
Overall, this year’s Special Olympics were spectacular, and a must add to future “must watch” lists.