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October 09, 2013 | North America: Georgia

Just People Athlete Bobbie Jo Williams: leader in sports and athlete civic group

By Wendy Bigham

Bobbie Jo Williams began competing as a Special Olympics Georgia athlete in 2003 at the age of 20 with one of the state's longest standing delegations, Just People. She is Special Olympics Georgia's October Athlete of the Month. She has been characterized as a strong leader and a great teammate. Bobbie Jo has found success in many areas of her life. Most recently, she and her team were undefeated and won the gold in bocce at the Douglasville Invitational. In addition to her success on the bocce court, Bobbie Jo is also in her second term as president of the Aktion Club in Lilburn. The Aktion Club is an extension of the Kiwanis Club. Bobbie Jo coordinates all the meetings and helps organize the club's service projects. As if competing as a Special Olympics athlete and serving as president for the Aktion Club wasn't enough, Bobbie Jo also works for Just People as a receptionist and a cashier at its thrift store. Congratulations Bobbie Jo on being named October's Athlete of the Month.

About Wendy Bigham: Wendy Bigham is the senior public relations manager at Special Olympics Georgia.

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