Two Special Olympians From Savannah Named To Missouri Team For 2018 USA Games

Two Special Olympians from Savannah have been named to the Special Olympics Missouri Team for the 2018 USA Games.  They are Simon Caldwell for tennis and Charlie Phillips for powerlifting.  They will compete July 1-6 next year in Seattle.

**Complete Story From Special Olympics Missouri**

Every four years, the best Special Olympics athletes from around the country come together to compete in the Special Olympics USA Games. From July 1-6, 2018, Missouri will be represented in Seattle at these games by 101 Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) athletes, unified partners, coaches, sports managers and staff. They will compete in athletics, aquatics, unified basketball, bocce, bowling, golf, powerlifting, softball and tennis against the best of the best from around the United States.

July 20 is the 49th anniversary of the first ever Special Olympics Games, held in 1968 in Chicago. On a day that Special Olympics celebrates Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of the movement for individuals with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics Missouri wants to celebrate the following delegates on their inclusion on Team “MO Magic” for the 2018 USA Games. Athletes who achieved a gold medal in their selected sport at the 2016 State Outdoor Games, 2017 State Indoor Games or 2017 State Summer Games were eligible to be nominated for the team. Applicants were screened by SOMO staff and a selection of 2-3 people per slot were invited to attend the USA Games Selection Camp June 18-23. At the conclusion of the USA Games Selection Camp, Team Missouri was selected by SOMO staff.

Teams will continue to train in their sports up until leaving for Seattle next July with the hopes of representing Missouri with class and pride. Photos of each member of the team, both action shots and mug shots, as well as b-roll video, are available upon request. Please contact Harrison McLean at mclean@somo.org or 573-635-1660 for requests and any other information. More information is also available at www.somo.org/usagames.

The team, which was announced via letters to the families and a special video released on Special Olympics Missouri’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages, can be found in the attached file. The breakdown by SOMO areas is as follows:

USA Games Announcement

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