Local Martial Arts Coach to appear at Special Olympics World Games

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CHAMPAIGN – Senior Master Tina Newberry of the Leaders for Life Martial Arts School and the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) will co-host a demonstration at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

Newberry will help to showcase the talents of ATA athletes with special abilities from all over the United States. She coaches special needs martial arts athletes and co-owns Leaders of Life Martial Arts School in Champaign.

21-year-old Gillian Dabrowski of Champaign will also be participating in the World Games in the 800-meter and taking part in the Taekwondo demonstration. Dabrowski is a student at Leaders for Life Martial Arts and the Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation programs.

This demonstration is a showcase of Special Olympics International’s pilot program for Taekwondo. The organization hopes Taekwondo will be accepted as an official Special Olympics sport.

The athletes will be performing during the World Games in Los Angeles, California on Monday, July 27 at 12:00 PM and 3:20 PM at the Festival in the Memorial Coliseum.

More information about Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation programs can be found here.

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