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January 26, 2015
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Darke Co. Special Olympics athletes represent Ohio

GREENVILLE – Three Darke County Special Olympic softball players have been chosen to represent the state in New Jersey on June 14-21 at the 2014 USA Games.

Joining 13 other players from around the state to compete on Team Ohio are Derrick Hemmelgarn, of the Darke County Sluggers, and Nick Meade and Devin Billenstein, of the Darke County Diamond Dawgs.

Fifty athletes in nine sports will be representing Ohio at the USA Games.

Cindy Rose, volunteer coordinator for Darke County Special Olympics, said, “It is a great opportunity for these three players to represent not only Darke County but also Ohio on a national level.  It is an opportunity of a lifetime.  We had two athletes chosen in 2010 to attend the USA Games in Lincoln, Nebraska, and having three different athletes chosen this time is exciting.  It shows the continued success of our softball program.  And it rewards our players for their hard work during the regular season and at the yearly state softball tournament.”

“Like” Darke County Special Olympics on Facebook to follow Team Ohio and Darke County’s athletes during the week.

Shown are Derrick Hemmelgarn, Nick Meade and Devin Billenstein.

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