Kendrick Special Olympics Dominates the Podium at 2016 Summer Games

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Kendrick Special Olympics gymnastics team members, Megan Murphy (right) and Luke Jones (left), medaled in the top two slots at the 47th Annual Special Olympics Summer Games. [Photo: Kendrick Special Olympics]

On Saturday, June 4, Kendrick Recreation Center Special Olympics gymnastics team members, Megan Murphy and Luke Jones, competed at the 47th Annual Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games at Penn State University, ending their competitive season as podium medalists.

Murphy, age 29 and a graduate of Arcadia University, was honored as First Place All-Around winner in her age category while Jones, age 10 and a student at A.S. Jenks Elementary School, was thrilled to take the Second Place All-Around slot within his age category.

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Special Olympic athlete, Luke Jones (pictured right), is “photo bombed” by Kendrick Special Olympic coaches, Katharine Wenocur (center) and Ariel Mankin (left).  Jones was honored as the Second Place All-Around medalist in his age group at the 2016 Summer Games. [Photo: Kendrick Special Olympics]

Murphy and Jones competed against teams at the Summer Games to include Montgomery County Gymnastics, Bethlehem City, Lehigh Gymnastics, Butler County, Berks County, and State of Virginia Gymnastics.

Murphy, who resides in the Andorra section of Philadelphia is an original member of the Special Olympics gymnastics program at Kendrick Recreation Center, which launched in 2013 under the direction of head coach, Katharine Wenocur.  Jones, who lives in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, also joined the Kendrick Special Olympic team in its start-up year.

Both athletes enjoy training at the Kendrick Recreation Center under the guidance of Wenocur and assistant coach, Ariel Mankin.  The Kendrick Special Olympics team also comprises a multitude of volunteer junior coaches who are currently active Kippettes Gymnastics team members or retired gymnasts from the Kippettes program.

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Sepcial Olympics team member, Megan Murphy, poses with PSU athletes at the Special Olympics Summer Games held in University Park, PA. Murphy was awarded as First Place All-Around Gymnast in her age group. [Photo: Kendrick Special Olympics]

“We are so proud of our athletes’ accomplishements,” Wenocur commented.  “Megan and Luke have worked hard to dedicate their time and effort into not only evolving as winners, but as amazing individuals, in and out of the gym. I congratulate them both on a fantastic season.”

The Special Olympics Summer Games, held in University Park, PA and sponsored by Sheetz, Inc., represents more than 40 sports, and draws more than 2,000 athletes, 750 coaches, and 1,000 volunteers from across the state each year.

Special Olympics gymnastics programs are partnered with USA Gymnastics.

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2 comments on “Kendrick Special Olympics Dominates the Podium at 2016 Summer Games

  1. I have a 6 year old who loves gymnastics. She attend the little gym last year. I would like to registered her during your next registration.

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