“This team has been together, the core team, has been together for probably six years,” said Area 8 Roanoke Special Olympics head coach Lenny Wedge.
“They are amazing individuals both the partners and the athletes, they work extremely hard.”Head Coach, Lenny Wedge
“We’ve won the state five years in a row and it’s only because I tell them every time, because they work very very hard at it,” said Wedge.
Their hard work, qualifying the Sox for the Special Olympics North America National Invitational Softball Tournament.
“We got in because of our performance last four years at states and so we’re very excited about it,” said Wedge. “It’s going to be tough teams.”
“Every year at state we face the same team, so it’s going to be really good to get out and measure ourselves against teams from other states, so we got 24 teams from all over the country,” said Wedge. “I think there’s two or three from Canada, so it’ll be good we’re looking forward to it.”
What the Sox aren’t looking forward to is the cost.
“It’s probably going to be 10 to 15 thousand dollars all together, so we’d like to do it on our own and not have to depend on Special Olympics to take money a way from other programs if it doesn’t have to,” said Wedge.
The Sox are turning to the community for help, to get this team to Nashville for the Tournament on August 15-18.
“I’m it’s going to be really cool to see that they aren’t that there are people just like them that Special Olympics is a huge thing for a lot of people all over the world, so it’ll be kind of cool for them to meet people that are doing the exactly what they’re doing,” said Special Olympics partner Brittany Campbell.
“It’s fun to play softball and I love it,” said Roanoke Sox catcher Zachary Shampney.
“They’re going to see people that are just like them doing what they love,” said Campbell.
“That’s going to be fun,” said Shampney.
What Zachary is looking forward to most, “I’m going to be with my team and try to play hard.”
The Sox are much more than a team, they are family.
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