The Henry County Parks
and Recreation Department’s Therapeutic Recreation Division is
proud to announce that three Henry County Athletes who
participate in the Special Olympic program have been chosen as
part of the Georgia team to represent the state in 2014 USA
The Henry County athletes
chosen are Melissa Dodgen for Bocce, Tarcia Keys and her event
partner, Davina Ford, for Bowling, and Brittney Hagelthorn and
her event partner, Mandy Conner, for Tennis. They have been
selected as members of Team Georgia for the 2014 National Games,
to be held June 14-21, 2014 in Princeton, New Jersey.
According to Kelli Britt,
Senior Coach and Program Manager for the Special Olympics
Georgia Association (SOGA), the Special Olympic Games is
expected to draw a large crowd, including approximately 3,000
athletes, 1,000 coaches, 8,000 volunteers and nearly 15,000
family and friends. She lauded the dedication of the volunteers
and said it’s a wonderful opportunity for the athletes as well.
“Their commitment and
training has been rewarded as they will get to compete against
other Special Olympics Athletes from North America. This is a
once in a lifetime experience for every athlete and coach.
Special Olympics Georgia is proud to have them as our
representatives,” said Kelli Britt.
Britt said that corporate
sponsors help to underwrite the cost of the games and the trip
for athletes and their partners, and ask agencies be responsible
for $285 of the cost per athlete / partner.
According to Terry Nash,
Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator for the Henry County Parks
and Recreation Department, fundraisers are planned in the near
future to help with the cost of the trip. She also said that
HCPRD has been involved with Special Olympics for the past 20
years and is proud of all of the special athletes’
“We have gone to national
invitationals before, but this is the first time we’ve been
invited to Team USA nationals. We are very excited about our
three athletes and two partners being chosen for the national
games.” said Nash.
information on the Henry County Parks and Recreation’s
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