More than 4,000 athletes and coaches representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia took part in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games from July 1-6, 2018. Thousands of volunteers, family members and fans were there to participate and cheer.
The 2018 USA Games celebrated the Special Olympics movement and its 50th anniversary; promoted the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport; and showcased the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. The 2018 USA Games also highlighted Special Olympics’ work in sport, education, health and community-building.
ESPN, the official media partner of the 2018 USA Games, broadcasted the July 1 Opening Ceremony on ABC. Kevin Negandhi hosted ESPN’s coverage, which included daily shows covering athlete stories, competition showcases, interviews and more.
ESPN also produced live daily streaming coverage of swimming competition on ESPN3, extensive news, video and information on ESPN.com, ESPN App; and a Vignette Series across ESPN platforms.