- Kevin Neghandhi hosts 2018 Special Olympics USA Games at 6 p.m. ET
- ESPN.com coverage continues with powerful features/stories
- ESPN3 Live Streaming of swimming competitions
- ESPN Images capturing the action of the Special Olympics USA Games
ESPN’s global coverage of 2018 Special Olympics USA Games Seattle, continues tonight at 6 p.m. ET. Hosted by ESPN’s Kevin Neghandhi, 2018 Special Olympics USA Games includes interviews with athletes and special guests, as well as a daily competition showcase segment that will feature analysts Victoria Arlen, Rowdy Gaines, Daina Shilts and Paul Sunderland and reporting from ESPN’s Marty Smith, Holly Rowe and Jen Lada.
ON TONIGHT’S SHOW:
Andrew Peterson: Born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, 25-year-old Andrew Peterson became a three-time Special Olympics gold medalist after his father helped him find his voice and his passion. When Andrew’s father adopted him at five years old, the boy could barely hold a fork. He just needed someone to believe in him — and the now marathon runner did the rest.
Paul Lepre: Paul started participating in the Special Olympics in 1968 and is now one of the oldest athletes in Special Olympics. He is a stroke survivor and has also overcome a drinking problem that almost ended his Special Olympics involvement. He is now 34 years sober and credits Special Olympics with saving his life.
Michael Poll: In 2001, Coach Bruce Pearl noticed Michael working at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee cafeteria and invited him to become a team manager. Today, Michael continues to be a school manager at UWM and is known in the Milwaukee community as the Panthers Superfan. He is such a local fixture that he even has his own bobble head.
For those that missed last night’s, highlights included:
- Seth Hanchey: Seth was hit by a car and sustained a traumatic brain injury. Doctors told Seth he would likely never walk or talk again. After five months in the hospital, Seth defied the odds finding rehabilitation in his love for sports. Watch
- Team Michigan/Andre Drummond: As a child, Detroit Pistons Andre Drummond spent time in special education classes. Because of this experience, it is important for Andre to give back. He is now a Special Olympics Ambassador and has a special bond with the Detroit-based Special Olympics Team Michigan Basketball Team competing in Seattle. Watch
- Love Each Other: Special Olympics Athletes give first-hand accounts of both how they are treated and how they want to be treated. Watch
ESPN DIGITAL FEATURES & COVERAGE
ESPN’s global digital platforms – the world’s leading portfolio of digital sports properties in the world, including local editions of ESPN.com and the ESPN App, streaming platforms and more – are offering extensive coverage throughout the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games Seattle.
With news, long-form feature storytelling, video, blogs from athletes, coaches and volunteers, photo galleries and more, ESPN examines the people and topics of the Special Olympics movement.
Among the highlighted coverage today:
Tyler Lagasse – I Matter, I Exist and I Have a Right to Play: For Special Olympics athlete Tyler Lagasse, golf is more than a sport. It’s a chance to send the world a message — and change perspectives. Read
Seth Hanchey’s Mark of Strength: A catastrophic accident took so much from Seth Hanchey, including his ability to speak. Special Olympics weightlifting gave so much back: the motivation to recover, the drive to compete, the power to inspire. Read
ESPN Images photographers are capturing photos from around the Special Olympics USA Games throughout the week, including these:
ESPN3 will LIVE stream coverage from swimming competitions at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center as follow
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ESPN and Special Olympics
ESPN is proud of its relationship with Special Olympics, which spans more than 32 years. Over the past four years, ESPN has continued to deepen its relationship with the Special Olympics movement and in addition to being the Official Broadcaster for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, it will also celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Special Olympics in the year ahead and will also be the Official Media Partner of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games, hosted in Abu Dhabi.
ESPN and Special Olympics are committed to continuing their alliance to use the power of sports to promote social inclusion and acceptance through two pillars of the relationship: ESPN’s Global Presenting Sponsorship of Special Olympics Unified Sports® and a multi-year global programming agreement.
Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Special Olympics Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. With support from ESPN and others, Special Olympics has grown this innovative and inclusive program to more than 1.2 million participants.
In past few years, ESPN has invested over $2 million in cash and in-kind to support Special Olympics’ goal of building Unified Sports programming and resources in 10,000 schools, reaching 100,000 new or re-certified coaches and realizing 7 million acts of inclusion by 2020. Included in this investment was capacity-building resources for a new global cloud based CRM project, ongoing research to help Special Olympics establish a global inclusion index and integration with leagues such as MLS and NBA.
ESPN previously served as the Official Broadcaster of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria and 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, and ESPN employees have been engaged in volunteerism with Special Olympics for over 32 years. Over 1,000 ESPN and Disney employees will be volunteering at the USA Games in Seattle.
ESPN believes that, at its very best, sports uplifts the human spirit. Its corporate citizenship programs use the power of sport to positively address society’s most pressing needs through strategic community investments, cause marketing programs, collaboration with sports organizations and employee volunteerism, while also utilizing its diverse media assets. For more information go to www.espn.com/citizenship.