Posted by: sonewjersey | June 15, 2011

World Games Spotlight – Softball Official

Sean Silver

In addition to the seven Special Olympics New Jersey athletes competing at the 2011 World Games, 38-year-old Sean Silver is also traveling to Athens, Greece as a softball official.

Sean is from Deptford, NJ and has been involved with Special Olympics for 27 years.  He is one of four softball officials from the United States selected to officiate at the games, and the only Special Olympics Officials Program for Athletes (SOOPA) American Softball Association official in the world.

“Special Olympics has given me an opportunity to fulfill a life-long dream through their SOOPA program,” says Sean, who became a softball official in 1996.  “I have made wonderful life-long friends with the SONJ athletes, coaches and staff, and I will always be grateful for the wonderful opportunities provided to me.”

Sean officiated at the 1999 World Games in Raleigh, NC, and 2007 World Games in China.  He also competed in softball at the 1995 World Games in New Haven, CT and in floor hockey at the 2009 World Games in Boise, ID.

“During this journey, I have realized that we all want the same things in life…to be respected and given the chance to do our personal best,” says Sean.  “I am so excited about going to Greece and representing the United States as a Softball Official.  I love sharing my personal experiences with other athletes and families all over the world, hoping that my story might inspire others to follow their dream.”

Sean is a graduate of Athlete University, former chairperson of the SONJ Athlete Congress and a Global Messenger who has represented New Jersey and North America at events.  He was inducted into the SONJ Hall of Fame in 2008 and has competed in bowling, unified golf, unified softball, track & field, basketball, flag football and floor hockey.  His involvement with Special Olympics has taken him around the globe, traveling to Ireland, Amsterdam, San Francisco, New York, China and Canada.

On June 19, Sean begins his journey in Baltimore, MD, where Team USA athletes, coaches and officials will convene for a celebratory send-off.  Upon arrival in Greece, Team USA will spend four days in the host town of Isle of Rhodes where, through sporting, cultural and artistic events, they will have the opportunity to adapt to a new environment, experience Greek culture, enjoy the natural beauty and traditional cuisine, and train before the Games.

The World Games Opening Ceremony on June 25 will kick off a week of competition that draws to a close on July 4.  Athletes, coaches and officials return to the United States on July 6.

Please help support New Jersey’s Team USA delegates by making a donation here:

Congratulations Sean!



  1. Sean, your family is so proud of you! Go Blue!!! Have a fantastic time in Greece!

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