JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- A young Federal Way athlete competing in the Washington Special Olympics extends high-fives to the supporting crowd as he, his team, and more than 2,800 athletes are welcomed to the SOWA games, May 30, 2014. JBLM has been hosting the Special Olympics for more than 40 years, with sports like swimming, soccer, track and field, powerlifting, and cycling.
Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, I Corps commander, was a keynote speaker at the ceremony. Quoting the Seattle Seahawks' head coach, Pete Carroll, Lanza said, "If you wanna win for the rest of your life, you've gotta compete." This set the tone for the athletes and supporters throughout the rest of the ceremony, which ended in celebrational dance to music provided by the I Corps band. (Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Dayan Neely, 20th Public Affairs Detachment.) JBLM hosts Special Olympics 140530-A-QM563-008