Guilford Co. man to represent NC in Special Olympics USA Games

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Like many avid golfers, the Oak Hollow Golf Course in High Point is Roger Johnson’s happy place.

Johnson has competed in Special Olympics for more than 20 years, but admits that when it comes to golf, he was a late bloomer.

“I wasn’t always the best, but I always gave my best,” he said.

Johnson’s determination and upbeat attitude are paying off. After winning the gold at state two years in a row, Johnson will head to New Jersey on Saturday to compete in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. He’s one of 45 athletes on Team North Carolina.

Johnson is a Global Messenger for the Special Olympics movement and knows there is a lot to anticipate at the USA Games.

“You’re getting the best of the best, on one of the highest levels you can compete at,” Johnson said. “You’ve got to be ready and on your toes the whole time you’re there.”

Johnson has spent months training for the USA Games, but only has one goal in mind.

“The one thing I hope to accomplish most is just knowing that I can do whatever I put my mind to,” Johnson said. “And if I win, great, but if I don’t, just know I did my best.”