Tuscarawas County Rocket team members selected for Orlando event

As summer draws near, many people are planning their family vacations. Some of those will take place at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, with dreams of meeting Mickey, Minnie, and a whole slew of other characters. Others, like five Tuscarawas County residents and their friends and family, have dreams of something else — winning gold.

In April 2021, it was announced that five members of the Tuscarawas County Rockets cheer squad and volleyball team had been selected to represent Team Ohio at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games. In July 2021, a sixth Rocket was selected to serve as an athlete-coach in Flag Football. In all, 137 other athletes, unified partners, and coaches make up the rest of Team Ohio and will be representing the Buckeye State in a variety of other sports including swimming, track and field, equestrian, and unified basketball.

Emma Ward poses with her USA Games sign.

The trip begins June 4 and will span a week. The event will be hosted by Disney World in Orlando. While teams will be competing and taking part in scheduled activities many of their days, they will also have time to explore the theme parks such as Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom. Opening Ceremonies will kick off on June 5 and will be broadcast at 12 pm EST on ABC and ESPN 3 for those in Ohio who may want to watch. The event will feature the athletes, the Law Enforcement Torch Run, and many celebrities.

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