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Abby Thomas

Abby Thomas, left, has found her calling with Special Olympics International. She is seen here with colleagues Meghan Meyers, middle, and Terrel Limerick.

When Abby Thomas (14C) first stepped onto the Rome Braves Miracle Field during a field trip with her Berry kinesiology class, she knew she had to be involved with the work being done there. It was there that she found the perfect source of experience to complement her academic preparation as a public health major with a concentration in disability studies.

Her subsequent experiences as a volunteer and intern fueled a passion for helping people to participate in sporting activities – regardless of physical or intellectual ability – that continues to flourish today through her work as manager of strategic partnerships for Special Olympics International in Washington, D.C.

“The work we do is really exciting and important,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to work with and for people with disabilities, and I’ve always had a passion for sports, so Special Olympics is the perfect marriage of those two things.”

In her role, Thomas is responsible for directing corporate fundraising efforts for an organization that serves more than five million athletes worldwide. Inspiration for her work comes from the athletes she gets to work with on a daily basis – people who serve as both colleagues and friends in her office at SOI Headquarters.

Recently, she returned to Berry to share the story of Special Olympics with students in an Exceptional Child course taught by Dr. Michelle Haney. During her presentation, Thomas noted the similarities between Martha Berry and Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver – two strong-willed, innovative and determined women who left a legacy that continues to change the world and benefit others today.

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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Emma Chambers and guide dog JettaSophomore Emma Chambers may have been born with a visual impairment, but she’s never allowed it to cloud her vision. Whether it was riding a bike or competing in gymnastics, the daughter of Milton (78A, 82C) and Julia Reny (90C) Chambers has always found a way to do the things she wants to do. Today, that includes work as a radio broadcast producer with the Rome Braves.

Recently, the Rome News-Tribune highlighted Emma’s work with the Braves as well as the arrival of a new press-box companion, her guide dog, Jetta. Click here to learn more about Emma’s inspiring story. (Registration may be required to access content.)

Story by student writer Katherine Edmonds; photo by Mills Fitzner

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Dr. Brad BushnellThe Berry College Board of Trustees recently welcomed noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brad Bushnell as its newest member. A Rome resident since 2009, Bushnell is vice chairman of orthopedic surgery and sports medicine at Harbin Clinic. His numerous professional affiliations include service as team physician for the Rome Braves and as a consulting physician for both the Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies. He holds an undergraduate degree in religious studies from Vanderbilt University, an M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia, and an MBA from Auburn University.

Prior to being named to the Board of Trustees, Bushnell served on Berry’s Board of Visitors. He is also a team physician for Berry athletics and has taught Introduction to Healthcare Sciences on an adjunct basis. His wife, Kimberly, is a CPA and Berry adjunct instructor of accounting and finance. The couple’s two children attend Berry Elementary School.

Public Relations Student Supervisor Elizabeth Bradford contributed to this story

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