Local swimmer Nicki Crowe is headed to New Jersey the week of June 14-21 to compete in the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games.

Almost 3,500 athletes from across the country will compete throughout the week in a wide assortment of events. In addition to aquatics events, other events include baseball, basketball, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, and volleyball. There are a total of 16 sports involving competitive events. Athletes also get to experience special events beyond athletic competitive events. For instance, athletes will see a baseball game featuring the Trenton Thunder, the AA affiliate of the New York Yankees. There will be pre-game on-field demonstrations, promotions during the game, and videos honoring the athletes. Another special event includes the Healthy Athletes Program, which includes free health screenings to athletes in such disciplines as fit feet (podiatry) and healthy hearing (audiology). 

Crowe earned a spot at the national competition by earning first place in the 25-yard freestyle and 25-yard backstroke event at the Alabama Special Olympics State Games 2013 at Troy University. 

The 25-yard backstroke preliminary competition begins Monday. The 25-yard freestyle preliminary competition will be held on both Tuesday and Wednesday. All aquatics events will be held at DeNunzio Pool at Princeton University. 

Crowe has been swimming for the Talladega Special Olympics Swim Team at the Spring Street Community Center for several years, and rarely misses practice. 

Crowe is excited about being selected to compete and is looking forward to meeting and competing with other athletes from other states. 

Crowe’s coaches, Brian Hutton and Lisa Williams, were selected to help coach the entire Alabama swim team at the week’s competitive events. 

Her coaches believe this will be a great experience for her and look forward to seeing her perform well while representing the Alabama swim team.