Special Olympics USA and Special Olympics Delaware will host a Special Olympics USA Training Camp on Sept. 17-21 for the delegation competing in the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, set for March.
Nearly 300 athletes, coaches and operational support members have been nominated for the Special Olympics USA national team. The delegation also includes Special Olympics Unified Sports teams, where people with and without intellectual disabilities compete together as teammates. Team members will compete in 16 sports: athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, cycling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, powerlifting, sailing, soccer, swimming, table tennis, tennis, triathlon and volleyball.
Representing the Delaware on the Special Olympics USA team will be tennis coach Mary Moore, of Wilmington, and athletes Andrew Crout, tennis, Newark; Eddie Joyner, bowling, Middletown; Scott McGrady, cycling, Newark; and Patricia Pecora, swimming, Dover.
The national team will come together during these dates to practice with their Special Olympics USA coaches and bond with teammates from across the country before traveling internationally together.
Special Olympics USA will practice at different venues throughout the University of Delaware campus as well as nearby off-site venues.
A highlight from Training Camp week will include a team bus trip to watch the Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets game Sept. 19.
For more, visit sode.org and specialolympicsusa.org.