On Sunday, July 1 at University of Washington’s Husky Stadium, ESPN and Special Olympics USA Games staged the first-ever ESPN | Special Olympics Unified Sports Challenge featuring executives and their employees, celebrities and Special Olympics athletes.
They competed in multiple Unified Sports challenges to demonstrate the power of inclusion, of playing Unified and raising funds for Special Olympics and the local Seattle community. The winning team, the University of Washington, was awarded $20,000; that squad donated the winnings to the Special Olympics USA Games. Swire Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola and WWE took second through fourth places, respectively.
In the video above, several participants in the Special Olympics Unified Sports Challenge answer the question,”What does inclusion mean to you?”
EDITOR’S NOTE: 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. For more information, visit ESPN MediaZone.
Shelby L. Lacy produced the video above.
ESPN Images photos from the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games Seattle are featured in this excerpt below.