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Greensboro to Honor Special Olympics Athlete Marty Sheets

Marty was chosen as one of the most impactful athletes ever to compete in the Special Olympics.
Special Olympics founder Eunice Shriver with Marty Sheets (Submitted photo)

GREENSBORO - Greensboro Parks and Recreation and the Special Olympics of North Carolina will celebrate Marty Sheets this weekend with 'Marty Sheets Day' Saturday, April 28 at 11 a.m.

Sheets won a gold medal at the first Special Olympics in 1968 and was presented a unique medal for courage by founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Sheets has had quite a career in the Special Olympics, participating as a swimmer, weightlifter, skier, tennis player and golfer and earning many honors.

On Saturday, 'Marty Sheets Way' street signs will be unveiled at the intersection of Twyckenham Drive and DeSoto Place.

Marty was chosen by Shriver as one of the most impactful athletes to ever compete in the Special Olympics.

Sheets has lived in Greensboro throughout his life and is in the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame and North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

Sheets has sat with President Bill Clinton during the opening ceremonies of the 1995 Special Olympics World Games opening ceremonies and previously led the U.S. delegation of athletes with John Denver into the Special Olympics World Games. In 2000, NC Gov. Jim Hunt presented Sheets with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

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