USA & World Games

In addition to the sports competitions in Massachusetts, Special Olympics Massachusetts athletes have the opportunity to compete on the national and international stages. Every two years a World Games is held – alternating between summer and winter games. Every four years National Games showcases spring, summer and fall sports. To qualify for a national or international games team, athletes must earn a gold medal in a state level competition among other application requirements. Applications for national and world games will be made available at the beginning of the selection process.

The next USA Games will take place in Seattle, WA in July of 2018. The application for flag football and soccer is available below in the USA Games section.

The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games delegation from Massachusetts was announced at a press conference in Boston on Wednesday August 9, 2017. Watch as Tyler Lagasse and Joe Morrill announced who was selected on Facebook. If you are a member of the press and would like any information or to contact any of the athletes, please contact Additional media information can be found in the USA Games section below.


USA Games


The next USA Games  will be held in 2018 from July 1-6 in Seattle Washington. Special Olympics Massachusetts will be sending a delegation of 50 athletes and 28 coaches, staff and unified partners to participate. The games will showcase the abilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities and promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport.

Special Olympics Massachusetts has received the following slots for the 2018 games:
Watch the Team Massachusetts Announcement hosted by Bank of America
Special Olympics USA Games Team Massachusetts Media Kit
Special Olympics USA Games Team Massachusetts Press Release

Individual Sports

10 pin bowling

  • Paul Carey from Millbury
  • Brandon Moore from North Attleboro
  • Laurene Rice from Worcester
  • Angela Swett from Worcester
  • Coached by Eric Mahoney from Auburn


  • Samantha Berndt from Rutland
  • Samantha Vayo from Worcester
  • Coached by Margaret Szluga from Northborough


  • Tyler Lagasse from Tyngsboro
  • Coached by George Kent from Hopkinton


  • Joe Morrill from Holliston
  • Coached by Nick DiAntonio from Milford


  • Timothy Canty from Auburn, MA
  • Meghan Colby from Gloucester
  • David Kriensky from West Bridgewater
  • Rebecca Zimmerman from Stoughton
  • Coached by Ann Marie Dawes from Douglas

Track & field

  • Joshua Brennan from Salisbury, CT competes with the Berkshire Red Raiders
  • Jay Brown from Milford
  • Chris Charest from Worcester
  • Kelsey Gaffney from Milford
  • Alyssa Neil from Holyoke
  • Greg Schwartz from Medfield
  • Abby Tetrault from Hyannis
  • Rachel Wheeler from Springfield
  • Coached by Christin Santiago-Calling from West Bridgewater and Tim Walsh from Milford

 Team Sports


  • Shrewsbury Pioneers Coached by William O’Brien

Flag Football (Unified)

  • Announcement on November 11

Soccer (Traditional)

  • Announcement on November 11

Team Massachusetts Alternates

10 Pin Bowling

  • Mary Kate Amentea
  • Joel Goodrow
  • Heather St. Germain
  • Mark Pecor


  • Wareham Wild Vikings


  • Haynes, Jeremy


  • Lindsay Blagg
  • Jennifer Harrington
  • William Holbrook
  • John (JP) Young


  • Alex Cohen
  • Kaitlyn Critchley
  • Meghan Pelletier

How to Apply:

Team Sports

The head coach for the team must fill out the athlete application  for consideration. Team roster will be reduced to 10 and two coaches per USA Games rules. Head Coach and one assistant must accompany the team. Please review the qualifications listed on the application before applying. Anyone who does not meet the qualifications listed will not be considered for the selection process.

Application Deadlines:

  • November 1st:  Soccer & Flag Football

World Games

2017 World Winter Games

World Winter Games in Graz/Schladming, Austria:

Special Olympics USA

The following individuals from Massachusetts competed for Special Olympics USA at the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria :