Hall County Traditional basketball team earns gold at Special Olympics USA Games
An elated Teresa Young was at a loss for words last Thursday, July 5.
The longtime coach for Special Olympics Georgia’s Hall County Traditional basketball team had just watched the joyous reactions of her players on the court at the University of Washington in Seattle. Some jumped up and down, while others shared cheerful embraces and cried tears of joy as Team Georgia defeated North Carolina 29-23 to win gold at the Special Olympics USA Games.
The five-time defending gold medalists of the SOGA Winter Games are now winners at the national level for the very first time.
“They are still in disbelief,” said Young, who has spent the last decade with SOGA. “To come to the USA Games, and to win the gold? That is awesome. And we did it with a small Hall County team.”