Friday the Rapids Special Olympics team headed to Portland, Oregon to tour the city and play against the Portland Timbers Special Olympics team. The day started with a tour of the adidas USA Headquarters and adidas Village with the Rapids adidas representative, Zola Short. The athletes toured the facilities and then tested out some new adidas equipment that helps improve your shot during a mini-camp.
After the camp the teams played a "world cup" 3v3 scrimmage with the visiting Spirit U-14 girls team from Oswego, Oregon. The teams were also treated to an exclusive shopping trip and free gear from the adidas employee store.
Later in the evening the Rapids SOCO team attended a pregame party with the adidas employees then headed to Jeld-Wen Field to catch the Rapids first team match against the Portland Timbers. Unfortunately the Rapids fell to the Timbers 1-0, but after the game, athletes from both Special Olympics teams were treated to a special meet and greet with Rapids reserve players from the night.
The athletes are getting the star treatment in Portland and are set to take on the Timbers Special Olympics team twice today, starting with a one hour match at the Adidas Village