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Four Iowa Athletes to Compete at Special Olympics USA Games

Andrea Gallagher | March 25, 2022

Four Iowa athletes and their coach will be heading to Florida this summer to compete in the tennis portion of the 2022 Special Olympic games. The games will be held June 5-12 at the USTA Campus in Orlando. 


“The Iowa district gives Special Olympics Iowa $1,000 in a Community Development grant to assist with travel for the tennis athletes and the coach to go every four years,” said John Terpkosh, USTA Iowa Tennis Service Representative. “The district is also giving each tennis athlete and coach new tennis shoes for these games.”


“I fell in love with being a coach for the Special Olympics during the first practice I coached,” said Coach Sydney Dommer of Iowa City. “Helping athletes achieve their goals has always been enjoyable, so getting to work with athletes at a larger competition will be a new and exciting experience.”

The following athletes will represent Iowa in tennis: 


  • Alexandria Brooks, 33, Cedar Rapids.  

  • Angela Dohrn, 37, Eldridge. 

  • Billy Habermann, 28, Sioux City.  

  • Nathan Williams, 24, Cedar Rapids.  


What does competing In the 2022 USA Games mean to them? 


“I am very honored to be in the USA Games in one of my favorite sports,” said Nathan Williams. “I look forward to the competition and meeting other athletes.”


“Representing the state of Iowa and returning to Orlando where I was born,” said Billy Habermann.


“Having fun, making new friends and doing my best in tennis,” said Angela Dohrn. 


“Meeting new people and making friends,” added Alexandria Brooks. 


More than 5,500 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the Caribbean along with 125,000 spectators are expected at this year’s week-long event. 


For more on the games, click on this link: https://www.2022specialolympicsusagames.org/

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