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Pleasanton RADD athletes compete in Special Olympics regionals

Softball event in Walnut Creek

The Pleasanton RADD teams celebrate after their medal-winning performances at the Special Olympics softball regionals in Walnut Creek. (Photo courtesy of RADD)

Pleasanton RADD (Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled) athletes earned a series of medals at the Special Olympics Northern California 2022 Walnut Creek Regional Softball Competition held last weekend at Heather Farm Park.

The RADD A team won gold after two victories, including a walkoff home run to end the first game, according to coach Kay King.

The RADD B team took home silver after playing three games. Adam Pinney, the only RADD athlete to compete in the skills division, also captured a silver medal, King said.

"Participation in Special Olympics dropped off during the pandemic and even though SONC adapted with virtual activities, etc., many athletes stopped participating. Socialization and physical activity is key and is truly what the athletes and coaches enjoy," King told the Weekly. "It is wonderful to be able to have in-person sports again and now our goal is to encourage more to join us."

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Pleasanton RADD athletes compete in Special Olympics regionals

Softball event in Walnut Creek

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Sun, Sep 4, 2022, 9:34 pm

Pleasanton RADD (Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled) athletes earned a series of medals at the Special Olympics Northern California 2022 Walnut Creek Regional Softball Competition held last weekend at Heather Farm Park.

The RADD A team won gold after two victories, including a walkoff home run to end the first game, according to coach Kay King.

The RADD B team took home silver after playing three games. Adam Pinney, the only RADD athlete to compete in the skills division, also captured a silver medal, King said.

"Participation in Special Olympics dropped off during the pandemic and even though SONC adapted with virtual activities, etc., many athletes stopped participating. Socialization and physical activity is key and is truly what the athletes and coaches enjoy," King told the Weekly. "It is wonderful to be able to have in-person sports again and now our goal is to encourage more to join us."

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