THE FLATS – Georgia Tech swimming and diving was on-hand in full force this weekend as the Yellow Jackets volunteered at Special Olympics Georgia’s 2019 Indoor Winter Games.
Special Olympic athletes from all around the state of Georgia competed in basketball, bowling, floor hockey, gymnastics and powerlifting throughout the weekend at the Cobb County Civics Center. The Yellow Jackets specifically helped with the powerlifters, who participated in bench press, squat and deadlift events. In addition to joining coaches, family and friends in cheering on the lifters, Tech student-athletes also helped record scores and weight amounts during competition.
“What an inspirational weekend for our team, cheering on and working with the Special Olympics and the athletes,” head coach Courtney Shealy Hart said. “The courage, compassion and skill of each and every one of the Special Olympians that competed was amazing. Seeing the look on the athletes’ faces and just their general love of competition was something that I think will stick with us a long time. We were thrilled to be a part of such a warm and caring special needs community that came out to support the games.”
Matt Casillas and Jordyn Sak recording weights and scores during the Special Olympics Georgia Indoor Winter Games’ powerlifting competition.
Based out of Norcross, Ga., Special Olympics Georgia works year-round to provide sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Through the program, more than 26,000 Georgia athletes are given the chance to learn and compete and express themselves through sport.
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