Special Olympics Delaware sends 29 athletes to national games


Special Olympics Delaware announced that it will send a delegation of 44 members in 2022 Special Olympics USA Games, which will take place from June 5 to 12, 2022, at Orlando, Florida

The Delaware team includes 29 athletes, nine coaches, four staff and two students from Caesar Rodney High School who will participate as part of the Unified Champion Schools Youth Leadership Experience. The delegation will compete in seven of the 19 Olympic-type sports on offer: basketball, petanque, bowling, powerlifting, swimming, tennis and athletics.

Meet the members of the Delaware team who will be participating in the USA Games, which includes Bank of America as a Platinum Partner.

Official delegates

Head of delegation: Kylie Frazer, Sports Director of SODE (Bear)

Deputy Head of Delegation: Cheryl Talmo, Director of Sports Training and Health at SODE (Newark)

Team Fitness Coordinator: Rob Bailey, Regional Director of SODE Sussex (Millsboro)

Basketball: Jesse Benson (Dover), Malik Bradford (Wilmington), Eric Bruce (Wilmington), Jayquan Butcher (Dover), Timothy Jones (Wilmington), Jeffrey Marconi (Hockessin), David McElrath (Wilmington), Anthony Thomas (Wilmington), Elerece Thomas (Dover), Jerome Watson (Seaford); Head Coach Kevin Koerner (Townsend), Assistant Coach Ed Capodanno (Wilmington), Assistant Coach Scott Tamblyn (Newark).

Pétanque: Nicole Baker (Newark), Rory DiLouie (Lewes), Charles Permint (Milford), Kimberly Strunk (Milford); head coach Pamela Cannon (Harrington).

Bowling: Allen Burke (Millsboro), Matthew Montgomery (Wilmington), Michele Ogden (Bear), Devin Wineland (Milton); Head Coach Rose Dagg (Newark).

Weightlifting: Sterling Johnson (Newark); Head Coach Terry Lemper (Townsend).

To swim: Christine Arancio (Ocean View), Austin Archer (Wilmington), Kristen Hanifee (Millsboro), Brian Perry (Frederica); head coach Diana Behrens (Newark).

Tennis: Katya Bowers (Millville), Carl Williams (Newark); Head Coach Jill Wallace (Wilmington).

Racetrack: Jillian Mathews (Felton), Deshawn Scye (Laurel), Christi Theron (Wilmington), Steven Turner (Newark); Head Coach Kylie Lavelle (Wilmington).

Youth leadership experience: Ammar McNair (Camden-Wyoming), Alex Failing (Dover); Nate Threatts, Mentor, SODE Manager of Unified Champion Schools (Dover).

The Special Olympics USA Games, held every four years, will mark the largest humanitarian event in Florida history. The event will bring together over 5,500 athletes and coaches from 50 states and the Caribbean. Over 10,000 volunteers will fill over 20,000 volunteer shifts during the week. It is expected that more than 125,000 families, friends and spectators will witness inspiring athletic achievements in 19 Olympic-style team and individual sports, and over 30 events at world-class venues in Orlando, centered on ESPN Wide World of. Sports at Walt Disney. World station.

The athletes were selected for the Delaware team based on their performance in recent state level competitions. Athletes winning gold medals in the sport they applied for were then selected at random, with the exception of basketball, which hosted an open trial. The coaches were selected through an application process.

“Attending the United States Games is a great achievement for any Special Olympics athlete,” said Ann Grunert, Executive Director of Special Olympics Delaware. “It’s a reflection on their commitment to their sport and their willingness to do the necessary work in the months leading up to the games while preparing to participate in what will be the biggest stage of their athletic career. We are proud of all of them and very fortunate to have a committed coaching staff who we are confident will not only prepare them to compete in world class sports facilities, but ensure they enjoy them all. other experiences that will be offered. during the games.


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