Inspiring stories

Sport is a powerful tool for change. It teaches people skills that last a lifetime, and builds confidence and pride in every athlete. The communities that support them are also more connected and inspired. These gifts live on, long after the crowd is gone and the game is done. Sport helps everyone thrive.

Janice Clifton, clinical integration consultant in Eye Care for Kaiser Permanente, with a phoropter

Athletes receive thousands of free health screenings

Providing athletes with free health screenings and health care is an important part of every Special Olympics event, and Kaiser Permanente spearheaded the effort as the Official Health Partner of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. Throughout the Games, 615 providers screened 1,762 athletes and completed 7,125 screenings. The Special…

Grant Brickbealer wins silver, and many great memories

Kaiser Permanente member Grant Brickbealer and Team Washington had an amazing winning streak going on the basketball court throughout the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. After dominating their first 4 events, their team was re-evaluated and bumped up from Unified Division 2 finals to Unified Division 1 finals — an…

Gina Boyle smiles

Gina Boyle was a bolt of lightning on the court at Games

Gina Boyle had said she was fast, and you’d better believe it. From the moment the Kaiser Permanente member appeared on the court at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, she was racing, weaving, leaping, and blocking from one end of the court to the other and back again —…

Sam Shelton in the last game for Team Washington in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

Kaiser Permanente members shine in flag football at the Games

Great play after great play, and win after win, marked Team Washington’s flag football games at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. Kaiser Permanente members Joshua Bennett, Troy Marsh, and Sam Shelton were key players throughout the games and received frequent call-outs from the announcers for skillful running, passing, and…

Lizzie Enriquez-Ortiz, 800-meter run

Lizzie Enriquez-Ortiz’ self-confidence takes flight

Lizzie Enriquez-Ortiz walks tall and talks big. And she backs it up. She’s now a 2-time gold medalist and a silver medalist at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. Her self-confidence is evident, and it’s impossible to listen to her and have any doubt that she’ll achieve whatever she sets…

Kaiser Permanente sideline care at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

Sideline care is top-notch at the USA Games

Physicians and medical volunteers were well-prepared and poised to provide on-the-spot care for well over 3,000 athletes participating in this year’s 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. Kaiser Permanente, the Official Health Partner of the Games, coordinated the effort. More than 1,500 volunteers from across the state provided services and support…

Devon Adelman at Angle Lake during the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

Devon Adelman’s dreams lead her straight to gold

Pacific Northwest weather isn’t particularly kind to stand-up paddleboarders, and Devon Adelman has had her fair share of days that have derailed her training plans. But when she can get out to train, she gives it all she’s got. That hard work and dedication earned her a first-place finish in…

Andrew Fowler pulls ahead of the competition on his way to the finish line.

A golden moment for Kaiser Permanente member Andrew Fowler

It took just over 23 seconds for Team Washington athlete Andrew Fowler to realize a dream come true — a first-place finish that earned him a gold medal in the 100-meter speed walk. “It took me 4 years to get here,” he said. “I feel great!” Andrew was born 3…

Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

Joyful Opening Ceremony was extra special for 2 Kaiser Permanente employees

Thunderous cheers greeted 4,000 athletes and their coaches as the Opening Ceremony kicked off the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games on Sunday. The excitement, enthusiasm, and joy of the athletes was reflected by more than 39,000 fans in the stands at Husky Stadium, getting the week of competition, special events,…

Joshua Bennett, Steve Tarnoff, Susan Mullaney, and Devon Adelman receive participation medals at the ESPN Special Olympics Unified Sports Executive Challenge

Team Kaiser Permanente shows up strong at executive challenge

On their eighth and final activity station of the ESPN | Special Olympics Unified Sports® Executive Challenge, Team Kaiser Permanente shimmied and shook their way to the highest score in the dance challenge. The event, which took place after the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games Opening Ceremony in Seattle on…

Dr. Block receives Golisano award from Special Olympics Washington

Kaiser Permanente Washington receives highest honor from Special Olympics Washington

Kaiser Permanente Washington received the Golisano Health Leadership Award from Special Olympics Washington. The award recognizes our dedication as a health champion and our commitment to support the movement to better the health of Special Olympics Washington athletes. It’s the highest honor for health partners of Special Olympics. The award distinguishes…

Special Olympics, USA Games, Team Washington

Sports to watch at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

What are your favorite sports? Chances are they’ll be played at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, July 1 through July 6, in Seattle. All the sporting events at the Games are free and open to the public, so plan to come out and cheer on these amazing athletes. Athletics…

Art contest winners illustrate inspiration

Six Washington artists have been selected as winners of the Kaiser Permanente Kids’ Cheer Sign Art Contest! Entries poured in from all over the state from young people wanting to show their support for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. Winners are receiving a special prize package that…

A Kaiser Permanente physician checks the blood pressure of a Special Olympic athlete during a Fit 5 event.

Healthy Athletes program provides essential care

The Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program cares for competitors, gives them access to health education and resources, and helps them perform at their peak performance level. Hear Special Olympics athlete Jennifer Goodwin talk about what Special Olympics and Healthy Athletes mean to her.

Special Olympics Team Washington athletes

Team Washington announcement and celebration

Catch the highlights of Special Olympics Washington’s introduction of the competitors in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games! An enthusiastic crowd gathered at Seattle’s Westlake Park to meet Team Washington. Afterward, athletes convened for a reception and health screenings provided by Kaiser Permanente clinicians.