Seattle Storm, Bank of America to Recognize Special Olympics Athletes June 19

The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games comes to Seattle July 1-6

SEATTLE – Led by Special Olympics USA Games Ambassador Breanna Stewart, the Seattle Storm will partner with Bank of America to highlight the upcoming 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, as the franchise welcomes the athletes to the June 19 game vs. the Las Vegas Aces, with tipoff set for 7 p.m. PT.

Stewart, who has invited fellow Special Olympics Ambassadors to the game, will join the Storm and the rest of KeyArena as they recognize Special Olympics Team Washington Athletes during a special halftime ceremony. A portion of each ticket sold that night will go towards the Special Olympics USA Games, and, prior to tipoff, the Storm players will enter the court through a Special Olympics Washington fan tunnel.

“Seattle is an amazing sports city and I am really looking forward to being part of a successful 2018 Special Olympics USA Games this summer,” said Stewart. “This evening will be a special way to recognize the Special Olympics athletes efforts and preparation as they head into this summer’s games!”

The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games are set for July 1-6 in Seattle and will feature a number of events, ceremonies and competitions in 14 individual and team sports. The Opening Ceremony on Sunday, July 1, at Husky Stadium will kick off the Games and will feature the Parade of Athletes, the lighting of the Special Olympics cauldron and entertainment, including a 2018-member choir which will serve as the living backdrop for the show. The ceremony is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. PT. For more information regarding events, click here.

More than 4,000 athletes and coaches, along with tens of thousands of family members, volunteers and fans are expected at the 2018 USA Games. Over 240 athletes will represent Special Olympics Washington, making it the largest state delegation.

“As a leading sponsor of the 2018 USA Games, Bank of America is thrilled to partner with the Storm in celebration of our Washington athletes and the building excitement we share for the July games,” said Kerri Schroeder, Seattle market president for Bank of America and Special Olympics 2018 USA Games Committee member. “The true spirit of our company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion comes to life through our volunteers as we celebrate acceptance, inclusion and respect for the disability community.”

The Storm tips off the 2018 slate against the Phoenix Mercury on May 20 during Opening Night presented by Swedish, with start time set for 6 p.m. PT at KeyArena. The first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a Sue Bird bobblehead to celebrate her league record-breaking assist last season at Washington, and her game-worn jersey from that contest will also be on display, allowing fans to take photos and capture a visual taste of WNBA history.

Fans can secure the best seats in the house with Storm 360 Memberships, available now, starting at $216, available online or by calling (206) 217-WNBA (9622). Packages and group discounts are available at 206-217-WNBA (9622).



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