Seattle Seawolves Partner with the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games


Seattle, November 30, 2017: The Seattle Seawolves are proud to announce a new partnership with the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will be held in Seattle, WA from July 1-6, 2018.

As a partner of the 2018 USA Games, the Seawolves have committed their support, engagement and influence in the community, to raise awareness about the USA Games and the abilities of the athletes from across the country who will compete.

In addition, Seawolves Fly-Half Shalom Suniula will serve as a 2018 USA Games Ambassador and help amplify the Special Olympics message of diversity, unity and inclusion.

Seattle Seawolves Co-Founder Shane Skinner has been involved with Special Olympics for the past 25 years and is looking forward to the team’s involvement. “Rugby, the Seattle Seawolves, and the Special Olympics USA Games all value the spirit of inclusion, camaraderie, and teamwork. I’ve developed a deep appreciation for Special Olympics through my time as a coach and volunteer, and we can’t wait to get the team involved at the USA Games,” said Skinner.

The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will be home to competition for more than 3,000 athletes across 14 sports in venues across the Puget Sound. The event will field 10,000 volunteers, plus tens of thousands of spectators for what will be one of the largest sporting events in Seattle history.

“The Seawolves’ commitment to inclusion and to the transformative power of sports makes them a perfect partner for the USA Games. We look forward to working with the team to promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion and to welcoming their fans to the USA Games next July.” said Beth Knox, president and CEO for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.

We are proud to welcome the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games to the Seawolves family.


About the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games:

The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will be held in Seattle, Washington July 1-6, 2018. More than 4,000 athletes, coaches and delegates representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, along with the support of tens of thousands of volunteers and spectators, will compete in 14 Olympic-type team and individual sports. The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will celebrate the Special Olympics movement by promoting the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport and by showcasing the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. The 2018 USA Games will also highlight Special Olympics’ work in education, health and community-building. For more information on the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, please visit

More About the Seawolves:

The Seawolves are proud to be Seattle's Major League Rugby franchise. With an ownership group led by Seattle-based entrepreneurs Adrian Balfour and Shane Skinner, the club was formed in 2017 and is a founding member of Major League Rugby. Select MLR games will be televised on the CBS Sports Network, as part of an exclusive, multi-year television partnership between Major League Rugby and the television network. The inaugural season kicks off Spring 2018, with all Seawolves home games being played at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Washington.

The Seawolves organization strives to develop, cultivate and expand the sport of rugby in the US while empowering discipline, duty, respect and a spirit of inclusion both on and off the pitch. The Seattle Seawolves aim to foster a winning culture by enabling its members to meet their true potential while pursuing excellence within the Major League Rugby competition. Community outreach is a key tenet of the Seawolves philosophy, and our organization strives to continually help to enrich and give back to the greater Seattle and Pacific Northwest areas.

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