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Brooke athlete gets special recognition

February 11, 2012
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

WELLSBURG - Brooke County Special Olympics athlete Drake Johnson was recognized by organizers of West Virginia Special Olympics as a nominee for the J. Fred Earley Sportsmanship Award.

Johnson was presented a certificate noting the honor during the state tournament held in Parkersburg.

He has participated in Special Olympics for several years, competing in golf, track and field and basketball.

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RECOGNIZED — Brooke County Special Olympian Drake Johnson of Follansbee was recognized by organizers of the West Virginia Special Oympics as a nominee for the J. Fred Earley Sportsmanship Award. - Contributed

The son of Tracey and Joe Johnson of Follansbee, he was nominated by his coaches, who noted the strong leadership skills and motivation he has demonstrated in competitions and at practices.

They noted his upbeat and courteous manner and dedication to practice, rarely missing a session and being among the first to attend and last to leave.

Judy Ambrose, who handles publicity for Brooke County Special Olympics, said "He respects his teammates, coaches, opponents and officials and always demonstrates good sportsmanship and behavior.

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