Five Tennesseans Named To Special Olympics USA Team, Will Compete In Germany This Summer

Five members of the Tennessee Special Olympics have been named to the 201-member delegation to represent the United States at the Special Olympics World Games in Berlin, being held June 17-25.

Two athletes, two coaches and a caddie will represent Special Olympics Tennessee in three sports:

  • Andrew Williams of Hixson, Tennessee – Athlete – Golf
  • Halladay White of Columbia, Tennessee – Athlete – Swimming
  • Victoria Mehren of Columbia, Tennessee – Head Coach – Golf
  • Terry Saharski of Franklin, Tennessee – Caddie – Golf
  • Nina Weston of Sparta, Tennessee – Assistant Coach – Powerlifting

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these athletes and Unified partners to demonstrate their athletic abilities, competing at the highest level on the world stage, and to have life and cultural experiences that will stay with them for the rest of their lives,” says Craig Pippert, Head of Delegation for Special Olympics USA. “I encourage every American to cheer for USA, share in the triumphs of our delegation and to take pride in knowing that the athletes, Unified partners and coaches will represent our country with excellence and honor.”

The delegation also includes Special Olympics Unified Sports teams, where people with and without intellectual disabilities compete together as teammates. Special Olympics USA will have representation in the following Unified Sports: basketball, bocce, bowling, golf, sailing, soccer, tennis and volleyball.

Special Olympics USA is the national delegation that represents the U.S. at the Special Olympics World Games and Special Olympics World Winter Games. Delegation members compete in an array of the 30-plus official Special Olympics sports, in individual and team formats.

The Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023 will feature more than 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from over 190 countries who will compete in 26 Olympic-type summer sports: athletics, badminton, basketball, basketball 3×3, beach volleyball, bocce, bowling, cycling, equestrian, field hockey, football, futsal, golf, gymnastics–artistic and rhythmic–handball, judo, kayaking, open water swimming, powerlifting, roller skating, sailing, swimming, table tennis, tennis and volleyball.

Steven Boero