This week, Comcast Washington is honored to introduce you to Aaron Evans and Andrew Fowler – two friends and Team Washington athletes who are true competitors and thoroughly enjoy participating in the Special Olympics.
Andrew and Aaron will meet with fans in person in Tacoma and Spokane this Saturday, June 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at athlete appreciation events hosted by Comcast and Special Olympics Washington. Andrew will be at the Xfinity retail store located at 5935 6th Ave., Tacoma, WA 98406, and Aaron will be at the Xfinity retail store located at 4423 N Division St., Spokane, WA 99207.
Andrew Fowler is from Gig Harbor, Washington and is a standout member of the Tacoma Metro Parks track and field program. Andrew will compete in the standing long jump, 50-meter walk and 100-meter walk. He is a powerhouse walker who has participated in Special Olympics since 2012.
Aaron Evans is from Green Acres in the Spokane Valley and a member of the Spokane Wolfpack Special Olympics team. Aaron will compete in stand up paddle boarding. Though he has participated in various Special Olympics events since 2002, this will be his first year competing in stand up paddle boarding.
“Andrew, Aaron and all of the participating athletes have been working hard and training all year round,” said Mary Do, Vice President of Development and Communications, Special Olympics Washington. “They are going to have this amazing opportunity to really showcase what they can do.”
In addition to hosting athlete appreciation events, Comcast Washington launched a public service announcement (PSA) campaign this month aimed at raising awareness for the Special Olympics 2018 USA Games held in Seattle. Each PSA video profiles local Special Olympic athletes, like Andrew and Aaron, who will compete in the games.
The public service announcements are part of a more than $1.7 million cash and in-kind contribution by Comcast as a local sponsor of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games and partner with Special Olympics Washington.
The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will take place July 1-6, 2018, at venues throughout Seattle and the King County area, including Husky Stadium at the University of Washington, which will serve as the venue for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
More than 3,500 Special Olympics athletes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 1,000 coaches, 10,000 family members, 10,000 volunteers and an estimated 50,000 spectators will compete in 16 Olympic-type individual and team sports, as well as special events.