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Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 4:00 am

It was an emotional moment for 18-year-old Angie Jones, as she accepted the award for Southern Arizona Special Olympics Athlete of the Year.

“It was kind of emotional when I got it and I started having tears,” said Angie, a student from Mountain View High School. “It’s a really big honor.”

The ceremony took place at the first annual Inaugural Southern Arizona Breakfast With Champions on Oct. 10 at the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa. Angie received the award because of her positive attitude, team spirit, sportsmanship and passion for sports. Angie competes in tennis, golf, track and field, soccer, bowling and basketball. Her favorite of the sports is tennis, which she has played for the last 10 years.

“She loves her teachers and teacher aids and teammates so there’s a real camaraderie there,” said Linda Jones, Angie’s mom. “She’s not really competitive. She just enjoys what she does. We believe in her abilities and believe God has given her these abilities.”

Angie’s abilities go far beyond just athletics. What stands out to many is her courage and tenacity to try new things. Almost every year Angie tries a new sport or sporting event. Last year she tried competing in shot put, which she thoroughly enjoyed.

“It is really good for me because I put in a lot of effort,” said Angie. “I’m getting good at shot put now.”

All of her efforts have paid off. After receiving her award at the breakfast, Angie was given the opportunity to speak to those who attended – an opportunity that she considered an immense honor. It proved to be not only an emotional day for Angie but for her parents as well.

“It means a lot of things to me. It shows that we need to give someone a chance…we just believe in her abilities to try new things,” said Linda. “We believe she is capable. We look at the abilities not disabilities. We are very proud of her.”

Angie is a junior at Mountain View High School and hopes to graduate next school year. After graduating she wants to get a part- time job and be more actively involved in the community.

“I see her working in the community as an advocate,” said Linda. “She’s played a huge role in encouraging others and I believe God will open doors for her.”

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Tuesday, September 30

Boys Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View at Haven Golf Course

Ironwood Ridge, Buena, Catalina at Rincon (Dell Urich)

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at CDO

Maricopa at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Vista Grande

Poston Butte at Catalina Foothills

San Miguel at Pusch Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Wednesday, October 1

Girls Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View vs. Ironwood Ridge (Omnu Tucson National)

CDO, Sunnyside at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Sabino at Catalina Foothills

Cross Country (4:30 p.m.)

Ironwood Ridge, Sahuarita at Flowing Wells (Columbus Park)

Marana, St. Gregory at Catalina Foothills

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

CDO at Ironwood Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills at CDO

JV Football (6.p.m.)

Marana at Maricopa

Salpointe at Mountain View

CDO at Catalina Foothills

Thursday, October 2

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Mountain View, St. Gregory’s, Pusch Ridge at Marana

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Poston Butte

Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells

Pusch Ridge at Willcox

Varsity Football (7p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Rincon

Friday, October 3

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Girls Vollyeball (all day)

CDO, Catalina Foothills at Falcon Invitational

Cross Country

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Desert Twilight Festival

Varsity Footbal (7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at San Tan Valley

Saturday, October 4

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Swimming (all day)

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Brophy/Xavier Swim Invitational

Girls Volleyball (4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Desert Christian

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