Goodwill Gladiators Sending Three Athletes To 2014 Special Olympics USA Games

Three female athletes from Goodwill Columbus have qualified to compete as part of Team Ohio at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. The games will be held June 14 – 21 in Princeton, N.J.   

The three Goodwill Gladiators will be among 64 athletes from Team Ohio competing in the games. They are Amanda Kerze, 35, of Grandview, and sisters Amy and Candice Williams, 32, of Dublin. Kerze has been selected to compete on Team Ohio’s tennis team and the Williams sisters will compete on Team Ohio Women’s Basketball Team.  

 “Amanda, Amy, and Candice are strong competitors for the Goodwill Gladiators,” said Head Coach and Special Olympics Coordinator Steve Weaver. “They are talented athletes and will no doubt represent Team Ohio well.”

 The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games celebrate the Special Olympics movement while promoting the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport and highlighting the abilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities.  “These Games will be the largest, most dynamic, and most innovative national Games in the history of Special Olympics in the United States,” said Bob Gobrecht, President and Managing Director of Special Olympics North America. “When we say ‘America’s Champions Will Be Revealed’ it’s not just about showcasing our athletes’ abilities, it’s about highlighting the facets of Special Olympics most people don’t know about, like our work in education, health and community building.”

 About the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games

The Special Olympics USA Games will be hosted by New Jersey June 14-21, 2014.  Nearly 3,500 athletes will compete in 16 Olympic-style team and individual sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and 50,000 family, friends and spectators. The Special Olympics USA Games will celebrate the Special Olympics movement, promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport and showcase athletes from throughout the U.S. and the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. Learn more about the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games at www.2014specialolympics.org and follow the Games on Facebook at Facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsUSAGames and Twitter @2014USAGames.

ABOUT GOODWILL COLUMBUS:

Goodwill Columbus has been proudly serving the local community for 75 years. Since 1939 the organization has dedicated itself to building independence, quality of life and work opportunities for individuals with disabilities and other barriers. Goodwill Columbus is the sixth largest nonprofit in central Ohio and is among the top 50 largest employers central Ohio.  Goodwill Columbus provides nearly 1.2 million hours of service to more than 4,100 participants with disabilities and other barriers through day habilitation programs, community-based supported living services, employment training and job placement services. For more information on Goodwill Columbus, please visit our website at www.goodwillcolumbus.org.

 

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