Special Olympian Earns Three Medals
Charles Scanlon won a handful of medals after a successful showing at the Special Olympic USA Games from July 1 to 6 in Seattle.
Scanlon, a 1995 Encinal High School (EHS) graduate, represented Team Northern California at the fourth Special Olympics USA Games. He competed in four swimming events at the games and medaled in three.
He won the gold medal as part of the Northern California 4x50-meter medley relay team in the Division 1 race on July 4. The team finished with a time of 3:31.60. They beat the second-place team, Team Wisconsin, by more than a minute. Wisconsin completed the race in 4:47.18.
Scanlon won a silver medal in the men’s Division 1 200-meter breaststroke race on July 5. He finished with a time of 5:42.21. Neil Young of Maryland won the race with a time of 4:53.96.
Scanlon earned the bronze medal in the Division 2 100-meter individual relay on July 2. He completed the race with a time of 2:33.90. Brandon Williams, from Team Illinois, won the race with a time of 1:39.47. Joel Chrouser, from Team Missouri, finished in second place with a time of 1:44.48.
Scanlon finished fourth in the Division 3 100-meter breaststroke race on July 3 with a time of 2:31.05. Eric Anderson, from Team Minnesota, won the race with a time of 1:58.47. Jake Moselle, from Team Washington, came in second with a time of 1:59.08. Chrouser finished third in 2:09.27.
The swimming events were conducted at King’s County Aquatics Center in Federal Way, Wash. Scanlon was one of eight swimmers who represented Northern California in the USA Games.
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 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.
He also won numerous medals in powerlifting routinely exceeding 400 pounds in the deadlift.
Athletes competed in 14 sports at this year’s Special Olympics. This was the fourth iteration of the USA Games, which takes place every four years. The inaugural event took place in 2006 in Ames, Iowa. The second was in 2010 in Lincoln, Neb. The last event came in 2014 in Lawrence, Kan.
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 more than 108,000 games and competitions throughout the year.
To view the complete Special Olympics USA Games results, visit www.specialolympicsusagames.org.