Jason Snelling to serve as Grand Marshal for Special Olympics

 Falcons running back # 44 Jason Snelling is tackled by Saints defensive end # 94 Charles Grant as he picks up yardage during 1st half action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons running back # 44 Jason Snelling is tackled by Saints defensive end # 94 Charles Grant as he picks up yardage during 1st half action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Flowery BranchFalcons running back Jason Snelling will be the Grand Marshal and lead the parade of athletes at the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics Georgia State Summer Games at 8 p.m. Friday at Emory’s McDonough Field.

WSB-TV retired sports anchor Bill Hartman will emcee the ceremony.

The State Summer Games will take place Friday through Sunday and will have about 2,600 athletes and coaches from all over Georgia competing. Athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, soccer, soccer skills, badminton, volleyball, table tennis, tennis and gymnastics.

On Friday, before the games begin, a law enforcement torch run press conference will be held at 9 a.m. on the State Capitol steps. Gov. Sonny Perdue will attend and thank the law enforcement torch run officers.

This press conference comes after officers have passed the “Flame of Hope” torch across the state over the last few weeks, which will stop at the Summer Games opening ceremonies at Emory.

Competitions will be Saturday and Sunday, with medals being awarded throughout the weekend. Events will be held at the Woodruff P.E. Center and Candler Soccer Field on Emory’s campus.

For more information about the games and a map of Emory, visit www.specialolympicsga.org.

Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA)

SOGA provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for nearly 22,797 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendships with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community. For more information, visit www.specialolympicsga.org

Military visit to VA Hospital

Also out in the community, Falcons defensive end Jamaal Anderson, safety Matt Giordano, offensive tackle Will Svitek and Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders visited military veterans at VA Medical Center in Decatur on Thursday. The players and cheerleaders signed autographs, took pictures and showed the veterans appreciation for their military service to our country.

5 comments Add your comment

chris taylor

May 20th, 2010
5:00 pm

He’s just one good apple out of many, go Falcons.

Tallcrarl

May 20th, 2010
6:37 pm

I love the kind of people and players the Falcons are signing to their team.I believe it also makes for better team unity. Go Falcons

Sly Ty

May 20th, 2010
6:57 pm

Guys like Snelling are why the Falcons are on the up swing. May all the participant and supporters enjoy the events.

Delbert D.

May 20th, 2010
11:08 pm

Snelling has always been a great contributor to the Falcons teams. Great special teams player, very good running back and blocker.

Jen

May 21st, 2010
4:46 am

Awesome job to all those involved.

Thank you Arthur Blank for insisting excellece in your team, on and off the field.

What a great group of guys we have in our Falcons!….I’m very proud.