Special Olympics Athlete Says Duck Derby Is More Than a Race

Jun 16, 2010, 14:56 ET from Special Olympics Georgia

ATLANTA, June 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- World Gold Medalist (Swimming) Special Olympics Athlete, Erin Hoffman, may not have won a prize with her adopted rubber duck in the 2009 Duck Derby, but that's not going to stop her from trying again.

"Yes! The prizes are great but more importantly, the Duck Derby allows thousands of athletes to participate all year round in sports competition," said Erin.  "It also gets many people to become involved with Special Olympics and get a better understanding of what we do."

The Duck Derby is a fundraiser that raises money to help provide year-round training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This year the event will be held June 25 at Six Flags White Water.

"I enjoy seeing the ducks race to the finish line and I like cheering my duck on," continued Erin. "It reminds me of when I'm competing in swimming heats and my friends and family are there cheering for me. Competing is a great feeling, though winning is much better!"

Details of the Duck Derby can be found through www.atlantaduckderby.com.

Details and other information about Special Olympics are available at www.SpecialOlympicsGA.org.

Details about Six Flags White Water are available at www.sixflags.com/whitewater.

About Special Olympics Georgia 

SOGA provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for nearly 23,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. For more information, visit www.SpecialOlympicsGA.org.

About Six Flags

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is a publicly-traded corporation headquartered in New York City and is the world's largest regional theme park company with 19 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada.

SOURCE Special Olympics Georgia