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Updated: 11/07/2017 08:30:00AM

The women behind the Games

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Lorrie Key, director of Corporate and Community Education, inherited the Heartland Games six years ago when Community Education merged with her previous department, Corporate Education. Key is retiring Nov. 30 and will turn the Games over to her successor, Tina Gottus.

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This group of women will be coordinating this year's Heartland Games for Active Adults.

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This group of women will be coordinating this year's Heartland Games for Active Adults.

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Tina Gottus is new this year to the Heartland Games organizing team.

By NEIL SIMPSON

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AVON PARK — Now in its third decade, the Heartland Games have attracted hundreds of participants age 50 and over annually. The Heartland Games are one of 21 regional events held across Florida each year in which competitors can qualify to compete in the Florida Senior Games. Our local Games, aimed at residents of DeSoto, Hardee and Highlands counties, but open to any others who wish to join, are coordinated by the staff of the Corporate and Community Education Department of South Florida State College.

Most competitors may not know the women behind the scenes who organize the Heartland Games For Active Adults.

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