SC Athletes To Compete in World Games

News | November 14th, 2018

Special Olympics South Carolina athletes named to Special Olympics USA 

313 Athletes, Coaches and Staff to Represent USA at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

Special Olympics South Carolina is proud to announce that two young men from the Rock Hill area will represent the United States at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, being held March 14-21, 2019, in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Special Olympics USA, is comprised of 216 athletes, 63 coaches and approximately 34 delegation members who support team operations. Team members will compete in 18 of the 24 sports offered: athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, cycling, equestrian, football (soccer), golf, gymnastics – artistic, gymnastics—rhythmic, open water swimming, powerlifting, sailing, swimming, table tennis, tennis, triathlon, and volleyball.

Two of athletes and a caddie will represent Special Olympics South Carolina in two sports: Joshua Myers, from Rock Hill, will compete in powerlifting and Scott Rohrer, from Clover, will compete in golf.

Also attending World Games will be Elizabeth Rohrer, Scott’s mother. She will serve as his caddie. Lt. Mike Peek of the Rock Hill Police Department will be one of 100 Torch bearers who will carry the Flame of Hope through several cities prior to Games. The Flame of Hope will then be delivered to light the cauldron at Opening Ceremony.

Both athletes need to fundraise to offset the cost of the trip. If you’d like to support Josh and Scott you can make a tax deductible donation to their fundraising page: Send Scott and Josh to World Games

The delegation also includes Special Olympics Unified Sports® teams, where people with and without intellectual disabilities compete together, as teammates. These will be the most inclusive Games to date. Special Olympics USA will have representation in the following Unified Sports: basketball, bocce, golf, sailing, soccer, table tennis, tennis, and volleyball.

Special Olympics USA is the national team that represents the United States at the Special Olympics World Summer and Winter Games. Team members compete in an array of the 32 official Special Olympics summer and winter sports, in individual and team formats.

Every two years, the world transcends the boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, culture and religion to come together for the Special Olympics World Games. Alternating between summer and winter Games, this event is the flagship event of the Special Olympics movement, which promotes inclusion, equality, and acceptance around the world.

This is expected to be the largest Special Olympics World Games in history. An estimated 7,500 athletes from 176 nations will compete in 24 Olympic-type sports at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019: athletics, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, bocce, bowling, cycling, equestrian, football, golf, gymnastics – artistic, gymnastics—rhythmic, handball, judo, kayaking, open water swimming, powerlifting, roller skating, sailing, swimming, table tennis, tennis, triathlon, and volleyball.

ESPN’s global television networks and digital media will bring extensive coverage to sports fans and supporters of the Special Olympics movement around the world. As the official broadcast partner of Special Olympics, ESPN’s television coverage will be carried across its networks in the U.S. as well as streamed through WatchESPN and the ESPN App.

To follow Special Olympics USA, visit, and follow on Facebook:,Twitter: @specialolyUSA, and Instagram: @specialolympicsusa. Hash Tag: #Cheer4USA

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