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Pleasanton RADD athlete brings home gold

Local teams also earn bronze medals at softball competition

Pleasanton resident Adam Pinney won a gold medal in the skills competition and two Pleasanton RADD (Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled) softball teams earned bronze at the Special Olympics Northern California regional softball competition.

Nearly 40 teams participated in the event held last weekend at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek, according to RADD coach Kay King.

Pinney, 42, took first place in the individual skills competition, comprised of hitting the ball, running the bases, throwing and fielding, King said.

The RADD A team played back-to-back games in triple-digit temperatures on Saturday, losing the first game 11-4 and battling back for a 6-4 win in the second game to earn a bronze medal, King said. The RADD B team also competed in consecutive games amid sweltering heat and earned a bronze medal.

Next up for the RADD athletes is a floor hockey competition set for Sept. 22 at Harvest Park Middle School in Pleasanton.

King said RADD and Special Olympics officials encourage more adults with disabilities to participate. Those interested can learn more by visiting www.sonc.org or the city website.

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