Alpha Factor® supports the 2019 Special Olympic World Games
By: Alpha Factor®
This will be Mary's sixth trip to the Special Olympics as a Team USA coach. This year, she will be traveling with six gymnasts – three rhythmic gymnasts and three artistic gymnasts. Artistic gymnastics focuses mainly on strength, balance, and agility, while rhythmic gymnastics are performed on the floor using various props. Alpha Factor® leotards will be proudly worn by the 2019 Team USA artistic gymnasts. Mary said, "The girls were so excited when they saw their Alpha Factor leos for the first time."
Mary has been involved with the Special Olympics for almost 30 years. After she discovered there wasn't a Special Olympics program in the state of Virginia, she decided to start her own. With the help of her gym, they started the first gymnastic program in the state. The program has its own set of rules and compulsory routines, following a similar structure to standard gymnastics. Since then, Mary has continued to work with Special Olympic athletes and she is excited to travel to Abu Dhabi alongside Team USA.
"It's a once in a lifetime experience for these athletes. They really want to show the world that people with disabilities can do anything, all they need is a chance."
Mary has been keeping an eye on her athletes during the transition to Abu Dhabi, making sure everyone is staying hydrated and appropriately adjusting to the time change. She said, "I've received a ton of hugs since everyone arrived, of course excitement is building." Their first three days are spent acclimating - during this time, they have cultural experiences, explore the local sites and continue to adjust to the time change before they move to Abu Dhabi to begin training and rehearsing for competition.
"If you ask the athletes - what's their favorite part about participating in the Special Olympics, some will say they love competing and going for the gold, but one thing you'll hear every athlete say is that they love the opportunity to meet new friends from other places."
Alpha Factor® is honored to be represented and worn by three artistic gymnasts of Team USA - Tonya Cornett, Devon Anderson and Saneatha Lee Trice.
Mary is delighted to have the opportunity to coach these talented athletes.
"Not only are we helping these athletes in gymnastics, we're helping build their social skills and improving their levels of independence."
We wish the best of luck to all athletes participating at the 2019 Special Olympic World Games. Stay tuned to see Team USA artistic gymnasts competing and wearing Alpha Factor® leotards!
About Alpha Factor® (http://www.alphafactor.com/
For over 35 years, Alpha Factor® has been one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of gymnastics apparel around the world. It is our mission to integrate cutting-edge style, superior quality, and reliable fit into the highest quality gymnastics leotards and apparel for gymnasts and coaches. With over 100 fabric and crystal color options, coaches can customize leotards and warm-ups with their team colors. Learn more at http://www.alphafactor.com/