Team Delaware wins 53 medals at USA National Games in Orlando

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From June 5 – 12, 29 athletes representing the state of Delaware competed at the Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando. Team Delaware joined thousands of Special Olympics athletes and coaches from across the nation, along with tens of thousands of volunteers, family members and fans, for a week of special events and competitions held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports and various nearby venues.

Team Delaware was comprised of 29 athletes, nine coaches, four staff members and two students from Caesar Rodney High School who attended as part of the Unified Champion Schools Youth Leadership Experience. The delegation competed in seven of the 19 Olympic-type sports offered: basketball, bocce, bowling, powerlifting, swimming, tennis, and track & field. In addition, Lt. Jim Diana (Del. Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement) represented Delaware as a Final Leg Runner in the Torch Run leading up to the Games.

Team Delaware won a total of 53 medals, and proudly boasts that every one of their athletes competing won at least one medal.

“Having the opportunity to compete on a national stage is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most of our athletes,” said David Halley, President & CEO of Special Olympics Delaware. “It’s a chance to not only compete against some of the finest athletes from around the country, but to experience all the thrills that go along with traveling to a national event. For some, it was the first time away from home. For others, it was the first time traveling on an airplane. And for all of them, it will be an experience they will never forget.”  

The Results:

BASKETBALL: Head Coach Ed Capodanno (Wilmington), Assistant Coach Scott Tamblyn (Newark), Assistant Coach Dave Manwiller (Wyoming)

Jesse Benson (Dover), Malik Bradford (Wilmington), Eric Bruce (Wilmington), Jayquan Butcher (Dover), Timothy Jones (Wilmington), Jeffrey Marconi (Hockessin), David McElrath (Wilmington), Anthony Thomas (Wilmington), Elerece Thomas (Dover), Jerome Watson (Seaford) – Traditional Team 5v5 – Gold Medal

BOCCE: Head Coach – Pamela Cannon (Harrington)

Nicole Baker (Newark) – Singles – Gold Medal, Team Doubles – Gold Medal, Traditional Team – Bronze Medal

Rory DiLouie (Lewes) – Singles – Silver Medal, Team Doubles – Bronze Medal, Traditional Team – Bronze Medal,

Charles Permint (Milford) – Singles – 5th Place, Team Doubles – Gold Medal, Traditional Team – Bronze Medal,

Kimberly Strunk (Milford) – Singles – Bronze Medal, Team Doubles – Bronze Medal, Traditional Team – Bronze Medal

BOWLING: Head Coach – Rose Dagg (Newark)

Allen Burke (Millsboro) – Singles – Silver Medal, Doubles – 4th Place, Team Event – Bronze Medal

Matthew Montgomery (Wilmington) – Singles – 8th Place, Doubles – 4th Place, Team Event – Bronze Medal

Michele Ogden (Bear) – Singles – Gold Medal, Doubles – 8th Place, Team Event – Bronze Medal

Devin Wineland (Milton) – Singles – 8th Place, Doubles – 8th Place, Team Event – Bronze Medal

POWERLIFTING: Head Coach – Eric Neil (Landenberg, Pa.)

Sterling Johnson (Newark) – Squat – Bronze Medal, Deadlift – Bronze Medal, Combination – Bronze Medal, Bench Press – 4th Place

SWIMMING: Head Coach Diana Behrens (Newark)

Christine Arancio (Ocean View) – 4×50 Yard Freestyle Relay – Gold Medal, 50 Yard Backstroke – 4th Place, 50 Yard Backstroke – 4th Place

Austin Archer (Wilmington) – 4×50 Yard Freestyle Relay – Gold Medal, 100 Yard Backstroke – Gold Medal, 200Yard Freestyle – 4th Place, 100 Yard Backstroke – Gold Medal

Kristen Hanifee (Millsboro) – 4×50 Yard Freestyle Relay – Gold Medal, 100Yard Backstroke – 7th, 100Yard Freestyle – Silver Medal, 100Yard Freestyle – Bronze Medal

Brian Perry (Frederica) – 4×50 Yard Freestyle Relay – Gold Medal, 50 Yard Freestyle – Gold Medal, 50 Yard Backstroke – Bronze Medal

TENNIS: Head Coach Jill Wallace (Wilmington).

Katya Bowers (Millville) – Singles – Silver Medal, Doubles – Gold Medal

Carl Williams (Newark) – Singles – Bronze Medal, Doubles – Gold Medal

TRACK & FIELD: Head Coach Rob Bailey (Millsboro)

Jillian Mathews (Felton) – 1500m Race – 4th Place. 800m – Bronze Medal, 4 X 100m Relay – Bronze Medal

Deshawn Scye (Laurel) – 100m Race – Gold Medal, 200m – Silver Medal, 4 X 100m Relay – Bronze Medal

Christi Theron (Wilmington) – 400m – Bronze Medal, 200m – 4th Place, 4 X 100m Relay – Bronze Medal

Steven Turner (Newark) – 1500m Race – Gold Medal, 400m – 6th Place, 4 X 100m Relay – Bronze Medal

YOUTH LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE: Nate Threatts, mentor, SODE Manager of Unified Champion Schools (Dover).

Ammar McNair (Camden-Wyoming), Alex Failing (Dover) – Experience to be shared upon return from USA Games.

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