Alabama Special Olympian strikes gold, named athlete of year

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) – A Gadsden High School student has been named Alabama’s Special Olympics Athlete of the Year for 2016.

The Gadsden Times reports that David Hodges’ fellow students gave him – and all of the school’s Special Olympians – a standing ovation at a recent assembly.

Hodges received his plaque with cheerleaders, the school’s mascot, family members and fellow students all providing encouragement.

The Gadsden newspaper reports that Hodges has been doing Special Olympic sports for six years. He was part of Gadsden City High School’s Special Olympics basketball team that earned a state championship last year; he also competes in track and field and swimming.

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