It was a GOLD Medal for the Bocce team representing Special Olympics Northern California — Amador and Calaveras Counties at the 2019 Summer Games.   

The Professional Hawks (aka: Michael Crum, Matthew Davison, Dave Farrow, Joshua Krigbaum and Coach Kelly Krigbaum) took the Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games by storm, capturing the gold medal in Division J.  

The Professional Hawks competed in three games on Day 1, winning one and losing two. They knew they had to focus and come prepared to compete in three more games on Day 2. And that is exactly what they did.

Sunday dawned bright and early and the Professional Hawks were ready to battle. Game 1 was a win. Game 2, another win. Game 3 was a tough one and it didn’t look good.  

Good sportsmanship, respect, skill and determination paid off during a final game that was not decided until the last ball was thrown. Professional Hawks went into the final frame down, by a score of 8-5. The team needed three points to tie, and four to win. They met the challenge and on the final roll of the frame, achieved the needed 4 points and won the gold medal.

Of course, the crowd went wild and the athletes were victorious.

The 2019 Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games were held on the UC Davis Campus during the weekend of June 21-23, 2019. Special Olympic Athletes were on the move throughout the Summer Games weekend between competing, venues, dorms, Olympic Village and more. 

Many thanks to the Italian Benevolent Society in Sutter Creek and Coach Gordon Fazzio for working with the athletes this year and preparing them for the Summer Games. 

Special Olympics Northern California — Amador and Calaveras Counties currently offers Bocce, Bowling, Basketball, Swimming, Track & Field, Softball and Golf to athletes. For more information on joining, volunteering or donating please contact Carol Davison, Area Director at (209) 897-0460.