USA Games Spotlight: Brandon Moore
North Attleboro’s Moore to Compete in Bowling at 2018 Special Olympics USA Games
Special Olympics Massachusetts athlete, Brandon Moore is heading to Seattle, WA along with the 49 other athletes and Unified partners who make up Team Massachusetts. At the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in July, Brandon will compete against athletes from across the country in 10-pin bowling at Kenmore Lanes. While this will be Brandon’s first USA Games experience, he has been competing with Special Olympics for over 12 years.
Brandon’s involvement with Special Olympics dates to before he was competing, he supported the mission through the Go for Gold Program in his hometown of North Attleboro. When the opportunity came to join a team, Brandon was all in – joining the Unified Basketball team at North Attleboro High School. After 4 years on the hardwood, Brandon moved on to 10-pin Unified Bowling. He has set a personal best of 223 on his way to helping secure a gold medal for his team in a state qualifying tournament. Over the years, Brandon has also competed in flag football and soccer through his local program.
In 2016 Brandon was inducted into the Special Olympics Massachusetts Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Harvard University’s indoor track facility. In his nomination, family and friends noted Brandon’s long term commitment to Special Olympics in and around North Attleboro.
Special Olympics AVP of Development, Megan Hoffman spoke of Brandon’s ability, “He competes not only in Special Olympics, but in a traditional bowling league. To me that just shows that our athletes can break down barriers.” She added “[Brandon] lights up the room and he lights up your life. You can’t help but smile when you’re with him.”
Brandon continues to support Special Olympics Massachusetts with fundraising each year through the annual Jolly Jaunt 5k road races. Each year he challenges himself to raise $3000 and his team to raise a total of $5000. These funds are critical because no Special Olympics Athlete is ever asked to pay for access to the sports training or competition programs.