CHICAGO – Ryan and Daniel Cramer of Lake Villa will be part of the Special Olympics Illinois contingent headed to Abu Dhabi.
Special Olympics Illinois will send seven athletes, two unified partners and four coaches to compete as part of Special Olympics USA, the 314-member delegation representing the United States at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
The event will be March 14 to 21 in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Special Olympics USA is composed of 215 athletes, 65 coaches and about 34 delegation members who support team operations. Team members will compete in 18 of the 24 sports offered: athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, cycling, equestrian, football (soccer), golf, gymnastics-artistic, gymnastics-rhythmic, open water swimming, powerlifting, sailing, swimming, table tennis, tennis, triathlon and volleyball.
The delegation also includes Special Olympics Unified Sports teams in which people with and without intellectual disabilities compete together as teammates. These will be the most inclusive Games to date. Special Olympics USA will have representation in the following Unified Sports: basketball, bocce, golf, sailing, soccer, table tennis, tennis and volleyball. The Cramers will be competing in bocce.
To learn about the delegation, visit www.specialolympicsusa.org.
Every two years, the world comes together for the Special Olympics World Games. Alternating between summer and winter Games, this event is the flagship event of the Special Olympics movement, which promotes inclusion, equality and acceptance.
The 2019 edition is expected to be the largest Special Olympics World Games in history. An estimated 7,500 athletes from 192 nations will compete in 24 Olympic-type sports at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.