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.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.“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.