SEATTLE, Wash. — The 66 Special Olympics Southern California athletes rocked the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games Opening Ceremony on Sunday at University of Washington’s Husky Stadium.
With several first-time USA Games participants, in general, it also marked the first time SOSC has sent Unified teams to the competition.
Walker Grossi, a Unified partner on the Lompoc High School basketball team, noted the festive atmosphere – and even some of the cool experiences prior to walking into the stadium. Among the celebrities they got to see up close were WWE superstars Charlotte Flair and Mark Henry.
“It was crazy, an awesome experience,” Walker said. “Right when I walked in I felt the crowd; everybody was cheering and having a good time. This was an experience of a lifetime.”
Before the entire delegation walked into the stadium, Pomona Valley women’s basketball player Angela Zhu was one of four athletes selected to join actor Taye Diggs on stage to address the crowd. Once SOSC was announced, track and field athlete Brett Laza of Western San Bernardino led the delegation down the purple carpet.
“I felt so happy, so excited,” Angela said. “The crowd was the best thing ever. I felt so overjoyed… and it made me feel so confident.”
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