(Franklin, GA) – The Heard County Special Olympics Local Indoor Winter Games Basketball Skills Competition was held Tuesday, January 15, 2013 from 9:30 am to noon at the Heard County Recreation Department. A great time was had by all who attended the competition, including spectators, volunteers, and most of all the athletes.
Heard County High School Volunteers included Tyesha Wright, Jonathan Hunt, Elijah Toney, Gracie Rowe, Damon Pearson, Jake Edwards, Luke Newman, Tanisha Johnson, Jordan Cornelius, Jack Jackson, Qua Reid, Lanekia Favors, Katie Hull, Hannah McDonald, Eli Caldwell, Shawn Foster, Christopher Goode, Gabriella Franklin, Destinee Rosser, Candace Ray, Fenuku Shaheed, Luke Newman, Johannah Lee and Allison Crockett.
Winners by Division
Masters – 22 yrs and over: 1st – Dennis Shaw and 2nd – Tonya Hull.
Seniors – 16 to 21 years old: 1st – Buck Dunson. 1st – Shinese Thurman and 2nd Kady Patterson. 1st – Mikayla Dockery and 2nd Amber Cribbs. 1st – Joseph Davis, 2nd – Anthony Brand, and 3rd – Brady Breed. 1st – Coleby Johnson
Juniors – 12 to 15 years old: 1st – Blake Timmons and 2nd – Damien Wiley. 1st – Nigel Echols and 2nd – Richard Grizzard. 1st – Tim Brown.
Youth – 8 to 11 years old: 1st – Chelsea Dickson and 2nd – Sabrina Hammett, 1st – Joseph Sanchez, 2nd – David McGoren and Justin Barr, 3rd – Camren Gossett.
Young Athletes(5-7): 1st – Allen Stover and 2nd Jeffrey Freeman
Young Athletes(4 years): 1st Emma Bradley and 2nd Kaylee Holcomb, 1st – Waythan Easterling and 2nd Corey Carr
“Today was an awesome day at the Heard County Recreation Department! The athletes competed with enthusiasm and pride as they showed off their basketball skills and vied for the first place ribbons in their age divisions. Also, many new volunteers were trained to assist with Special Olympics Sports,” stated Wylene Spearman, Local Special Olympics Coordinator.
“One of the volunteers, Luke Newman, who is a member of Boy Scouts, was in uniform and did a magnificent job presenting the USA flag. I was really proud of all the athletes and high school volunteers today.”
Spearman also added a special thank you to the interim recreation director, Laura Marshall and the HCPR staff pointing out that they were available to assist in numerous ways and thanks to their help, the event ran very smoothly.
To see many more photos from the event visit facebook.com/BraveNation.