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Introducing Frannie Ronan! Frannie will be competing in gymnastics. The Special Olympics USA will take place in Seattle from July 1-6, with a grand opening ceremony and Parade of Athletes and the lighting of the Special Olympics Flame of Hope. (Sy Bean / Seattle Refined)

Let's Go Places: The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

One of the most significant sporting events in Puget Sound history is preparing to take over Seattle’s backyard.

The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games is the biggest event to hit the city in more than two decades. Over the next few days, the torch will be making its way through Washington, ending at Husky Stadium on July 1, officially kicking off the Opening Ceremony.

Actor-singer Taye Diggs will emcee the Opening Ceremony, introducing musical performances by multi-GRAMMY nominated singer, songwriter, and producer Charlie Puth, world-renowned DJ and producer Marshmello, singer-songwriter Allen Stone, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Ann Wilson of Heart, Seattle hip-hop crew Massive Monkees, and more.

From July 1-6, more than 4,000 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will compete in 14 different sports; from swimming to flag football to soccer. It will take 10,000 volunteers to support the event, as 80,000 family members, friends, and spectators are expected to attend.

Grab the family and head over to Husky Stadium to cheer for the thousands of awe-inspiring athletes competing for the gold. (Psst! Meet a few local athletes here.)

And if you’re behind the wheel of a family van like the 2018 Toyota Sienna, you’ll have no problem driving all of your favorite spectators across town.

Kid-friendly. Parent-approved.

The 2018 Sienna doesn’t compromise driving in style for family comfort. The van has three rows that seat up to eight people, meaning there's plenty of head, leg, and hip room. What’s more, the second-row seat cushions tip up, and the seats slide forward—making access to the third-row a breeze.

Toyota is committed to addressing society’s most pressing mobility challenges and helping people move places. That’s why Sienna’s Auto Access Seat is the perfect solution for those who need a little extra help getting in and out of the vehicle. It’s the first rotating power-ascending/descending seat to be engineered and installed by a major auto manufacturer. It rotates 90 degrees, extends from the vehicle, and can lower to a convenient transfer height. The seat is even under a three-year factory warranty!

The vehicle’s interior features three separate climate control zones, soft-touch and available leather seating surfaces, and five standard USB ports covering all three rows (no more fighting over one phone charger!)

There’s something for everyone with the available dual-view Blu-Ray DVD entertainment system and available Driver Easy Speak feature, which amplifies the driver’s voice and broadcasts it through the rear speakers.

Drops serious style in the drop-off lane.

You’ll always look good on the go with the unmistakable upper and lower grille openings and lower side rocker panels. The bold new look isn’t all about style—the added structural support enhances safety and handling.

Keeps up with the busiest of families.

Take friends and family anywhere with the powerful 3.5-liter V6 direct-injection engine with Direct Shift 8AT (8-speed automatic transmission). In fact, it’s the only family van with available All-Wheel Drive, which comes equipped with Toyota’s Active Torque Control.

The vehicle’s technology is equally impressive. The 2018 Sienna’s stylish gauge cluster is customizable and easy to read. Specifically, the new Entune 3.0 App Suite provides drivers access to Pandora, Yelp, real-time traffic, and more fun apps – available on every Sienna. Additionally, everyone can stay connected and entertained with available JBL with Clari-Fi audio and Wi-Fi Connect – powered by Verizon.

Protects your precious cargo.

New for 2018, all Sienna grades are equipped with standard Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P), a suite of active safety features which includes Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams and Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection. Standard TSS-P makes Sienna the only minivan in its segment to have active braking standard across all grades. Notably, Blind Spot Monitor w/Rear Cross Traffic Alert is standard on the 2018 Sienna XLE model.

This vehicle also includes Toyota’s Star Safety System, providing Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control Traction Control, Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist and Smart Stop Technology. The Sienna is the only minivan in the segment with standard active braking. What’s more, there are eight airbags and four LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) locations for added measures.

Toyota’s commitment.

Toyota became a global partner of Special Olympics in 2017 to build upon its long history of support at the state and national levels. Specifically, Toyota has sponsored Special Olympics Southern California for nearly 30 years, supported the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, and became a national partner of Special Olympics Nippon (Japan) in 2016.

This year, as part of its long-standing global partnership with Special Olympics, the Western Washington Toyota Dealers Association is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2018 USA Games’ Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Final Leg, which makes its way around Washington state (and many of Toyota’s Western Washington dealerships) from June 27 through July 1.

Grounded in its core values of mobility, respect, diversity, and inclusivity, Toyota is committed to making its communities a better place to live.

The 2018 Sienna starts at $30,750 for the L base grade. Sienna XLE MSRP starts at $36,990.

For more information about this amazing vehicle, visit one of the local Western Washington Toyota Dealers near you today. You can also visit to read more about the Sienna and to see the interior and exterior pictures.