With over 1,500 athletes competing in bocce, cycling, long distance running and walking, golf and softball, over 50 members of the Golden Tigers athletic teams helped facilitate activities at the 2014 Special Olympics State Fall Games in Gainesville, Georgia Oct. 10-12. Part of the NAIA Champions of Character initiative, Brenau athletes participate in community service, like the Special Olympics, to promote the five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.
“It was a wonderful experience,” said Head Tennis Coach Andre Ferreira. “I want to thank Stephen Sparks from the Special Olympics Georgia for the opportunity to volunteer and for running such a well-organized event. And thank all the student-athletes and coaches that participated in this meaningful, memorable experience. On top of all, we now have about 55 new Bocce enthusiasts on campus!”
Echoing Ferreira’s sentiments, junior softball player Cheyenne Marsh said, “It was truly inspiring to watch the athletes show such passion throughout the day. Even though the weather cancelled some events, the athletes were positive and enjoyed the day.”
The Special Olympics Georgia was incorporated in 1970 to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports events for adults and children with intellectual disabilities. The number of active athletes has grown to over 26,000 participants in 25 sports.