Federal Way athletes to take part in Special Olympics USA Games

Swimming, softball events to be held in Federal Way

The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, taking place at various locations throughout the Puget Sound, including Federal Way, kick off with the opening ceremonies Sunday, July 1, at Husky Stadium.

More than 4,000 athletes, including 20 from Federal Way, will compete in 14 different sports.

Athletes from Federal Way participating in the Games are: Brad Norman, Brandon Groscost, John Emmett, Jon Leckband, Laura Gorgen, Patrick Jensen, Tara Guenther, Viana Lopez, Willie Blockson, Gary Mork, Troy Marsh, Nick King, Ben Kennish, Sam Shelton, Clay Williams, Alex Williams, Tim Dempsey, Richard Reyes, Josh Bennett and Roy Stewart.

Local coaches are: Stu Snow, Sharon Boyle and Clay Williams.

The Federal Way Farmers Market and the city partnered on June 9 to host the Rise With Us Rally to recognize the local athletes taking part in the Games.

Federal Way will host competitions for swimming and softball. Below is a schedule of events in Federal Way.


Location: King County Aquatic Center, 650 SW Campus Drive, Federal Way

July 2: Practice, 8-10 a.m.; sessions run 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Events include 200-meter freestyle, 50 breaststroke, 25 backstroke, 25 butterfly, 100 individual, 4-by-25 relay.

July 3: Sessions and awards held 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Events include 4-by-50 medley relay, 25 freestyle, 100 individual, 50 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 200 individual, 4-by-50 freestyle relay.

July 4: Sessions run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Events include 4-by-50 medley relay, 100 freestyle, 4-by-25 freestyle relay.

July 5: Sessions and awards run 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. Events include 4-by-50 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle, 50 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 100 butterfly, 4-by-25 freestyle relay.

July 6: Sessions and awards run 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Events include 4-by-100 medley relay, 800 freestyle, 50 backstroke, 25 breaststroke, 4-by-100 freestyle relay.


Location: Celebration Park, 1095 S. 324th St., Federal Way.

July 2: Traditional team pool play runs 8-9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; unified team pool play runs 9:30-11 a.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m.

July 3: Traditional team pool play and unified team pool play will both run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

July 5: Traditional team medal round runs 8-11 a.m.; unified team medal round runs 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; traditional team finals run 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; unified team finals run 12:30-3:30 p.m.

To learn more, visit www.specialolympicsusagames.org.