Alameda Swimmer Selected to Compete in Special Olympics

Chuck Scanlon

Charles Scanlon, a 1995 Encinal High School (EHS) graduate, has been selected as one of eight swimmers from Northern California to participate in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Wash., from July 1 to 6. 

Scanlon was a four-year letterman in swimming and water polo while attending EHS. Additionally, he participated in the Special Olympics as a starting guard on the Alameda Islanders 1994 State 3A Championship basketball team. He also won numerous medals in powerlifting routinely exceeding 400 pounds in the deadlift. 

He was the Kiwanis Athlete of the Year in 1998 and was a member of Team Oakland’s 2003 Special Olympics World Games soccer team in Dublin, Ireland.  

Scanlon currently resides in Sacramento and is employed as a security guard at the Public Employee’s Retirement System Building in Sacramento. 

The swim meets will be held at the King County Aquatic Center at 650 SW Campus Dr. in Federal Way, Wash. It has been the site of Olympic Trials, top national and international competitions and the Pacific Northwest’s premiere events.

The Special Olympics was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver. The Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 5.7 million athletes and Unified partners in 172 countries. With the support of more than one million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and over 108,000 games and competitions throughout the year.