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County hosts Special Olympics softball tournament

Henry County's Big Dogs Modified Team was one of two local squads which took part in a softball tournament Saturday, through the Special Olympics.

Henry County's Big Dogs Modified Team was one of two local squads which took part in a softball tournament Saturday, through the Special Olympics.

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Matt Knowles is one of the Special Olympics athletes who represented Henry County's Big Dogs Traditional Team in a softball tournament Saturday.

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A Henry County Big Dogs softball team won third place in a tournament, Saturday, at Heritage Park, in McDonough. Athletes in the local Special Olympics program are preparing for a statewide competition, which is scheduled for October.

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Chris Lewis, from the Henry County Special Olympics Big Dogs Traditional Team, stood ready at the plate during a softball tournament, Saturday, in McDonough. A total of 240 athletes from around the state took part in the event.

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Henry County's Big Dogs Modified Team was one of two local squads which took part in a softball tournament Saturday, through the Special Olympics.

A group of local athletes gathered in McDonough for an event designed to showcase Henry County's Special Olympics program.

The Henry County Parks and Recreation Department recently hosted the Shane's Softball Invitational Special Olympics Tournament at the Heritage Park Softball Complex, 101 Lake Dow Road. The tournament was sponsored by Shane's Rib Shack, and is a precursor to the state games in October.

Five Henry County teams participated in the tournament Saturday, said Terry Nash, the county's therapeutic recreation coordinator.

"We had 240 athletes that were in town to play, from around the state of Georgia," she said. "There were different divisions, so there were several winners of the tournament. Everybody did really well."

Nash added that more than 100 volunteers were on hand for the tournament.

"We really appreciated the community support that was out there over the weekend," the coordinator said.

On Sept. 30, registration will be held at 10 Cleveland St., in Locust Grove, for the "Be A Fan 5K Run," in support of Special Olympics in Henry County. The run is scheduled for Oct. 1, in Locust Grove.

Proceeds from the run will go toward state and national competitions for Henry County athletes, said Nash.

For more information, call (770) 288-7290, or visit the parks and recreation department's web site at www.hcprd.org.