Brian Johnson Heads to SO World Games in Berlin

by | Jun 9, 2023

Above: The Johnson family, from left: Ray, Brian, Jane, Kelly, Amanda and Dan, at Brian’s sendoff party last weekend. 

EG’s Brian Johnson, 31, sets off to Germany this weekend as a member of the Special Olympics Team USA competing in bocce with partner Dave Young. Brian and Dave have known each other for years through Special Olympics North Kingstown. 

Brian Johnson with his bocce partner Dave Young.

While Brian has been playing bocce for years here in Rhode Island, to get to the World Games, he needed to be nominated and to meet certain criteria, including comfort traveling and a level of independence. Brian has traveled. A lot. Including to in the USA Games a few years ago for volleyball. And he spent four days in Texas recently with Team USA. 

“It’s just great for him,” said his dad, Ray Johnson. “It’s such a good opportunity.”

The Johnson family had a big sendoff party for Brian and Dave last weekend. 

“I’m very excited,” said Brian. “I want to win the gold medal.”

Brian and Dave will be in Germany for 17 days total, the first week in Bremen, which will serve as a host community for members of Team USA, then on to the games in Berlin. Brian’s mom, Jane, and sister, Kelly, will be in Berlin for the competition. 

Good luck Brian and Dave – go Team USA!

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June 10, 2023 10:07 am

Go Get ‘EM, Brian. Make Bocce a household name !

Claudia M Smith
Claudia M Smith
June 10, 2023 10:15 am

Way to go Brian !! We’re so excited for you. Good luck !!

Elaine Vespia
Elaine Vespia
June 11, 2023 9:19 am

Best of luck Brian

June 11, 2023 12:47 pm

Buona fortuna alla famiglia Johnson e a tutti

Charles Vacca
Charles Vacca
June 11, 2023 6:26 pm

And I just thought he was the ticket guy at showcase…buono fortuna…


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