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#GTA4A: Georgia Tech Athletes For Athletes

Jan. 25, 2016

Chris Yandle
Communications & Public Relations

The snow and blustery cold weather couldn’t keep Georgia Tech student-athletes from supporting the athletes competing at the Special Olympics of Georgia’s Winter Games. The annual competition was held Saturday, Jan. 23, at Sparkles Roller Skating Rink in Smyrna.

It is the eighth year that Georgia Tech student-athletes have volunteered at the winter games. Traditionally, Tech student-athletes serve as the Grand Marshalls for the opening ceremonies, but they were canceled because of the weather. However, Friday’s weather didn’t discourage a record number of student-athletes from volunteering Saturday morning.

Great morning volunteering & cheering on all the athletes competing at the Special Olympics! @SOGAchampions pic.twitter.com/ILG2e6zqVj

— GT Cheerleading (@GTCheerleading) January 23, 2016

Approximately 130 Tech student-athletes – representing football, baseball, volleyball, men’s and women’s track, and cheerleading – volunteered at this year’s event. Student-athletes served as times and starters, helped set up the awards ceremony, presented awards, and – most of all – lined the entire skating rink for each race to cheer on the athletes.

Our student-athletes supporting @SOGAchampions Winter Games this morning! #TogetherWeSwarm pic.twitter.com/TbUisuGzEI

— Georgia Tech Sports (@GTAthletics) January 23, 2016

Afterwards, Georgia Tech student-athletes got autographs from the participating athletes.

The Special Olympics of Georgia’s Winter Games is one of four major community service projects that Georgia Tech student-athletes participate through the Total Person Program and the Student-Athlete Advisory Board.

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