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Strong showings for RADD teams at regionals

Amador hosts Special Olympics track, volleyball competitions

Pleasanton RADD (Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled) athletes earned a variety of medals earlier this month during the Special Olympics Northern California's Regional Spring Games at Amador Valley High School.

Hundreds of Special Olympics athletes from seven counties competed in volleyball and track and field events during the May 5 tournament, which served as the final regional meet before the Summer Games at the University of California at Davis next month.

A dozen delegations took part in the 39-event track and field competition, with the seven RADD Roadrunner athletes combining to bring home 12 gold, two silver and two bronze medals while also achieving several personal best performances, according to coach Kay King. The Roadrunners trained for an hour and a half each week since March to prepare for the regionals.

Inside the Amador gym, 10 teams squared off in the volleyball competition. The RADD A and B teams, also in training since March, each earned medals -- with RADD B taking silver and RADD A taking bronze.

"RADD Roadrunners, RADD A, RADD B and their coaches are especially grateful for their amazing volunteers, who cheered them on to their victories, got them promptly to staging and then to awards presentations.," King said. "We couldn't have done it without them."

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