Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford participated in the first-ever ESPN | Special Olympics USA Games Unified Sports Challenge — Executive Division Sunday, July 1, 2018, at the University of Washington’s Husky Ballpark in Seattle. Ashford was among an exclusive group of executives who competed with their employees, celebrities and Special Olympics athletes in multiple Unified Sports challenges.
Actress Lauren Potter, most recognizable for her role as Becky Jackson in the hit television show “Glee,” teamed up with Ashford, along with Special Olympics Athlete Mike Van Zee and Holland America Line employees Erik Elvejord and Dan Rough. The Executive Challenge, along with a Community Challenge that took place Friday, June 29, preceded the start of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games Seattle event competitions from July 1-6.
Van Zee is from Spokane, Washington, and started in the Special Olympics program in 1983 learning to powerlift. He first competed in the Special Olympics Games in 1988 and has gone on to participate in numerous Special Olympics, including the Special Olympics World Games.
Throughout the day, the teams rotated around 12 activity stations including Hot Shot Basketball, Penalty Shoot Soccer, Just Dance, Team Bocce, Inflatable Dart Board, Football Accuracy Challenge, Giant Memory Game, and Golf Putting or Chipping. Ashford and Potter took home first and second respectively in the Just Dance competition.