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Special Olympics needs volunteers for events next weekend
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State Fall Games general schedule

Oct. 10

11:30 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.: Team Softball, Bocce, Bicycle Inspections, Opening Ceremony, Athlete Dance, Coaches Meetings

Oct. 11

8 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Souvenir Sales, Team Softball, NSoftball Skills, Bocce, Golf Skills, Cycling, Olympic Town, Healthy Athletes (Fun Fitness)

Oct. 12

8 a.m.-until finish: Team Softball, Bocce, Souvenir Sales


Contact Stephen Sparks at 229-292-6955 or


See The Times’ Special Olympics section

The Special Olympics will be held Oct. 10-12 in Hall County, and volunteers are needed to assist with the events.

Approximately 2,000 Special Olympics athletes and coaches will be in Hall County next weekend for the 2014 State Fall Games.

Volunteers to help with scoring, crowd control and more are needed as the athletes compete in bocce, softball, cycling and golf at various locations, including North Hall Park, Laurel Park, Chicopee Woods Golf Course and Gainesville Middle School.

Special Olympics Georgia last November announced its selection of Hall County as host of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 gamesr.

Nearly 2,000 coaches and athletes are expected to travel to this area for these games. Those involved in the Special Olympics will likely spend nearly $500,000 in the community during their stay on lodging, food, and special events. Athletes, families, and spectators are expected to spend at least an additional $150,000 on entertainment and transportation expenses.

The community is also encouraged to come out and cheer on athletes as they compete. For more information on the games and how to volunteer, contact Stephen Sparks at 229-292-6955 or

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