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Brooke athlete honored

January 29, 2011
The Herald-Star

WELLSBURG - Brooke County Special Olympian William "B.J." Griffin was among nominees for the J. Fred Earley Sportsmanship Award recognized at the West Virginia Special Olympics fall games held in Parkersburg in November.

As part of the honor, Griffin brought back $200 for equipment to be used by participants of Brooke County Special Olympics.

Helen Furioli, wife of director Bill Furioli and a volunteer with the program, said Griffin "was quite shocked when they called his name to go up on stage as one of the nominees.

Neither B.J. or his parents knew of the nomination."

Furioli said Griffin was nominated for his love of sports, fairness during competition and kindness to others, including teammates, coaches, opponents and officials.

A Brooke County Special Olympian for 20 years, he participates in volleyball, basketball and golf.

Fellow representatives of Brooke County Special Olympics held a small party in his honor.

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