Photo: Special Olympics USA Games

Press Release


December 14, 2017

Media Contact:

Kauilani Robinson, Visit Seattle
(206) 461-5839 |

Visit Seattle Invites Tourism Industry to Day of Service for 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

SEATTLE, WA –During Visit Seattle’s annual Holiday Breakfast this morning, Visit Seattle invited 700 guests from the hospitality and tourism industry to join as volunteers at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. The entire Visit Seattle team will commit a day of service by volunteering at the games next summer.

“As one of the largest sporting events in Seattle history, operating under the Special Olympics’ message of inclusiveness, we are honored to be part of this inspiring event,” said Tom Norwalk, President & CEO of Visit Seattle. “Seattle’s tourism community has what may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get involved in some way in an event of this magnitude.”

The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will be held throughout Seattle, July 1-6, 2018. More than 4,000 athletes and coaches from all over the country will compete in 14 familiar individual and team Olympic sports at various venues across the Seattle area including the University of Washington, Celebration Park, Kenmore Lanes, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center and Willows Run Golf Club.

To make the event a success, the event will need 10,000 volunteers over the course of the games. Sign-ups open January 2, 2018, find out more by visiting

About Visit Seattle:

Visit Seattle has served as the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Seattle and King County for more than 50 years. A 501( c ) 6 organization, Visit Seattle enhances the economic prosperity of the region through global destination branding along with competitive programs and campaigns in leisure travel marketing, convention sales and overseas tourism development. Nearly 40 million annual visitors spend $7 billion in the city and county each year. The economic power of travel and tourism generates 74,000 Seattle area jobs and contributes $718 million in annual state and local tax revenue.






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