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By Len Kiese - bio | email

July 14, 2008 

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The road to gold for Special Olympians just got a little wider.

The Albany Recreation and Parks Department formed a local agency accredited by Special Olympics Georgia. It opens the olympic world to athletes who aren't already involved through the Albany Advocacy Resource Center or the Dougherty County School System.

"The athletes will train for eight to ten weeks and then they're going to go to Statesboro to compete in the State Fall Games, the same games that we hosted here for the past three years so we're really excited about that," said Fran Stalter with the Albany Recreation and Parks Department.

Athletes must be 21, live in Albany or Dougherty County and have an intellectual disability. The first two sports being offered are master's level bocce and softball.

Athletes interested in participating can contact the Recreation Department at 229-430-5222.

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