CLARKS SUMMIT — Bobby Robbins, of Gibson and Jeff Snyder, program manager in Developmental Services at Allied Services, will travel to Los Angeles, California to represent the United States at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games (LA2015). Their sport of expertise is golf, something the they enjoy doing together in their free time.
Although Snyder works with people with disabilities everyday in the residential facility, his commitment to Robbins and the Special Olympics holds a special place in his heart. The pair met 10 years ago and have been golfing partners ever since.
They will play level three: unified partner golf at LA2015. They play 18 holes of alternating shots of walking course golf, as specified by the PGA and Special Olympics rules.
The golfers’ favorite place to train is Rock Creek Golf Course in Nicholson, which supports their venture to the games by allowing them to golf for free anytime.
The duo will spend their first five days in Los Angeles at a training camp, followed by the opening ceremony and then the games. LA2015, taking place July 25 through Aug. 2, will host 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches from 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, making it the largest sports event in the world this year. It will be the largest event Los Angeles has hosted since the 1984 Olympic Games.