ALEXANDRIA – Two athletes from Alexandria will compete in the 2022 Special Olympics U.S. Games in Orlando, Fla., June 5-12.
who will compete in athletics, and
who will compete in swimming.
They are part of the Minnesota Special Olympics team which will send its largest delegation in history to the American Games. The Minnesota team, presented by Treasure Island Resort and Casino, has 145 athletes, unified partners and coaches from across the state.
The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games will bring together more than 5,500 participants from all 50 states and the Caribbean and 125,000 spectators in one of the nation’s most beloved sporting events.
Prior to heading to Orlando, Special Olympics Minnesota is hosting a farewell celebration for Team Minnesota at the Radisson Blu Mall of America on Saturday, June 4 at 6 a.m.
Immediately following the celebration, Team Minnesota will receive an official police escort from the Airport Police Department at MSP Airport.
The Games will offer 19 Olympic-style team and individual sports, including athletics (track and field), basketball, bocce, bowling, cheerleading, equestrian, flag football, golf, gymnastics , open water swimming, weightlifting, football, softball, stand up paddleboarding, surfing, swimming, tennis, triathlon and volleyball.
Team Minnesota’s trip to Orlando begins with the Opening Ceremony on Sunday morning, June 5, where they will parade in the Parade of Athletes in front of thousands of spectators at Exploria Stadium.
The opening ceremony will be produced by Disney Live Entertainment and will feature celebrity guests, a live performance by Sara Bareilles and more than 500 performers.
To stay up to date on the 2022 US Games or to get involved locally, visit the Special Olympics Minnesota website at
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The US Games are held once every four years and feature 20 Olympic-style team and individual sports along with additional events throughout the week including forums and VIP receptions.
For more than 50 years, Special Olympics has empowered athletes and fostered a more inclusive world for people with intellectual disabilities and beyond.
Special Olympics Minnesota provides year-round athletic training and competition for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Through Special Olympics sports, health and leadership programs, people with intellectual disabilities transform themselves, their communities and the world. Learn more about