2014 Special Olympics USA Games
Athletes, coaches, and spectators from all over the country rise for the National Anthem, taking in the moment.
The cauldron is lit, marking the Games officially open.
A highlight of the opening ceremonies is the parade of state delegations. High fives for Team Missouri!
Powerlifting is much more than deadlift, squat or bench press. It is about determination and attitude. A moment of sheer concentration at the powerlifting venue.
One of the very first sports established at Special Olympics, swimming is very popular among the athletes – and the spectators.
Heated action on the soccer field.
Cheers of the fans mean a great deal to the athletes.
Athletics encourages athletes of all abilities and ages to compete at their optimum level. Events include a variety of track events, long jumps, shot-put, mini-javelin.
Special Olympics is the largest global public health organization dedicating to serving people with intellectual disabilities. While competing at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games many athletes will receive free screenings in a variety of areas from Opening Eyes (vision) to Fit Feet (podiatry).
Bocce is one of the most popular Special Olympics sports. Athletes enjoy the opportunity to have social contact, develop physically and to gain self-confidence.
Special Olympics prides itself on proving high quality sports experience. Our athletes push hard and strive to beat their personal bests.
The first medals have been awarded and athletes continue to compete, beating their personal bests and low expectations. This is what Special Olympics is all about – transformative power and joy of sport!