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Special needs coach is honored for passionate work

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

An Albany recreation supervisor was honored for his work coaching kids with special needs.

Morris Hicks received the Special Olympics Georgia Distinguished Service award as Outstanding Coach.

He was presented with the award this month at the ceremony of the Master's Bowling Tournament in Warner Robins, Georgia.

He takes the athletes to about 4 state events per year, dedicating his weekends to their development and success.

"I don't do this for the awards, said Hicks. "I do it because I love the athletes. So when it came, I had to really hold back my emotions, walk up there and get the award. If not for the athletes I wouldn't even have this award."

His traditional basketball team has won 4 gold medals and one silver in the past 5 years.

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