Calhoun Times

Georgia prepares for 2022 State Indoor Winter Games

- Special Olympics Georgia

Special Olympics Georgia is thrilled to host the 2022 State Indoor Winter Games on Friday, January 28th and Saturday January 29th at the LakePoint Sports Complex and several other locations across Cobb and Bartow Counties.

SOGA is excited to welcome all athletes, coaches, and essential volunteers. Athletes from across the state of Georgia will come together for some friendly competitio­n in Artistic Gymnastics, Basketball, Bowling, Floor Hockey, and Powerlifti­ng.

“We are thrilled to welcome and reunite with our teammates and friends,” commented Georgia Milton-Sheats, CEO of Special Olympics Georgia. “As our athletes compete throughout the weekend, we are excited to share and include all in our dedication, sportsmans­hip, comradery and community.”

The competitio­ns will start on the morning of Friday, January 28th at various locations across Cobb and Bartow Counties. Olympic Town will kick off on Saturday, January 29th from 8:30 a.m. — 2:30 p.m. at LakePoint Sports Complex on Court 10. Athletes will also complete multiple Healthy Athletes screenings including, FitFeet, Opening Eyes and Special Smiles. Through these Healthy Athletes discipline­s SOGA athletes will have their vision, eye health, feet, ankles, and lower extremitie­s biomechani­cs evaluated, as well as, receive a free dental screening. All athletes who fully complete all Healthy Athlete screenings will be entered to win a brand-new Xbox.

Special Olympics Georgia would like to thank our Premier State Sponsors: Publix, UPS, Marlow’s Tavern, and Winter Constructi­on for their dedicated support and loyalty to our athletes.

Special Olympics Georgia would also like to recognize the Presenting Sponsor for the 2022 State Indoor Winter Games: Winter Constructi­on. SOGA would also like to thank the additional sponsors: Lockheed Marin, Inwood Holdings, Augusta Developmen­t Specialist­s, Genuine Auto Parts, Miller Zell, Bennett Thrasher, St. Peter Chanel, Empire Communitie­s, GEICO, Met Life, Atlanta Hawks and Cobb EMC.

SOGA provides yearround sports training and athletic competitio­n in a variety of Olympic-type sports for 26,620 children and adults with intellectu­al disabiliti­es, giving them continuing opportunit­ies to develop physical fitness, demonstrat­e courage, experience joy, and participat­e in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship­s with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. For more informatio­n, visit specialoly­mpicsga.org.

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