Three Goodwill Gladiators Bring Home the Gold from 2014 Special Olympics USA Games
Three female athletes from the Goodwill Gladiators have earned gold medals at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. The games were held June 14 – 21 in Princeton, N.J.
Amanda Kerze, 35, of Grandview, and sisters Amy and Candice Williams, 32, of Dublin were among 64 Special Olympic athletes chosen to represent Team Ohio at the games. Kerze participated in a mixed doubles pair with John Conyers of the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities team. The pair took gold in a third set tie breaker as they defeated Team Virginia 4-1, 2 -4, (10-5) to earn the top honor. Kerze also earned a silver medal for her singles performance.
The Williams sisters helped push the Team Ohio Women’s Basketball team to gold with a final 23-6 win over Team Missouri. Team Ohio will return to the Buckeye State on Saturday, June 21. The Special Olympics program at Goodwill Columbus provides adult participants with developmental disabilities and other barriers sports training and competition opportunities. The Goodwill Columbus Gladiators compete in Special Olympic tournaments at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels. Sports include bowling, basketball (both men’s and women’s teams,) track and field, tennis, golf, softball, soccer and flag football.
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.
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.