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Celebrities, CEOs to celebrate Special Olympics in Seattle

In this photo provided by the 2014 IRONMAN World Championship presented by GoPro, former Olympian Apollo Ohno reacts at the finish line during the 2014 IRONMAN World Championship presented by GoPro on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Ohno is among the celebrity guests for this year’s Special Olympics in Seattle. (Marco Garcia / Associated Press)
In this photo provided by the 2014 IRONMAN World Championship presented by GoPro, former Olympian Apollo Ohno reacts at the finish line during the 2014 IRONMAN World Championship presented by GoPro on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Ohno is among the celebrity guests for this year’s Special Olympics in Seattle. (Marco Garcia / Associated Press)
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SEATTLE – Special Olympics athletes will be playing ball with celebrities and CEOs in Seattle ahead of the official games this summer.

ESPN said Wednesday that it’s hosting a celebratory event at the University of Washington’s Husky Ballpark on July 1 before broadcasting the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.

They’ll have corporate teams compete in basketball, soccer and golf for money benefiting local charity as part of the unofficial event.

Players include Special Olympics athletes and celebrities such as golfer Jordan Spieth, Olympic speed-skater Apolo Ohno and former Seattle Seahawks icons.

The teams will be led by company leaders including the president of Microsoft and the owner and general manager of the Seattle Mariners baseball team.

ESPN will then broadcast the official Special Olympics sporting events over the week.

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