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Monthly Archives: July 2015

Athletes Who Embody Sportsmanship With Joy

Posted on July 31, 2015 | Posted in Athlete ProfilesSports

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Every two years, Special Olympics athletes come together to compete at the Special Olympics World Games. This summer, over 6,500 athletes from 165 countries will descend upon Los Angeles to show the true meaning of courage, joy and determination. Special Olympics Florida is proud to have 16 athletes represent the USA at this competition – below are their stories. 

Focused is an understatement when describing Special Olympics USA’s Unified Soccer team’s mentality before their big game against the Czech Republic on Thursday. Representing the USA, the Florida team played with extreme intensity as they hustled after the ball. Fans described it as an exhilarating game – the score was tied at zero until the second half when the Czech Republic scored, putting them in the lead. Soon after, Haley made an amazing goal for the USA that caused the crowd to roar with excitement. Kyle and Andrew also made shots at the goal that had the fans on their feet. However, the Czech Republic was able to come back with another goal, ultimately claiming the victory over the team from Special Olympics USA. All athletes played with great concentration and sportsmanship, making it a game to be proud of. Today’s results mean that Special Olympics USA will play China in their chance to take home a bronze medal.  Read More »


Equestrian Athlete Takes Home Silver Medal

Posted on July 30, 2015 | Posted in Athlete ProfilesSports

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Every two years, Special Olympics athletes come together to compete at the Special Olympics World Games. This summer, over 6,500 athletes from 165 countries will descend upon Los Angeles to show the true meaning of courage, joy and determination. Special Olympics Florida is proud to have 16 athletes represent the USA at this competition – below are their stories. 

Special Olympics Florida’s equestrian athlete Christina eloquently rode in her first competition at the World Games yesterday, earning Special Olympics USA a silver medal. Earlier in the week, Christina, who is vision and hearing impaired, was paired with a white horse named Stormy whom she likes very much and handled with grace. Christina was relaxed before her first competition and rode Stormy with ease. Her posture, diagonals, and leads were all executed with confidence and grace, which led her to a second place finish. Almost more important is that Christina completed her performance feeling ecstatic about the way she rode, with the biggest smile on her face and cheers from friends and family in the stands. Today, she rides for her dressage test, where a horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements. Christian shares her lifelong passion for horses with the team from Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, where she not only trains but volunteers, and who was also there to applaud her silver medal win.

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Unified Bowlers Take Home the Gold

Posted on July 29, 2015 | Posted in Athlete ProfilesSports

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Every two years, Special Olympics athletes come together to compete at the Special Olympics World Games. This summer, over 6,500 athletes from 165 countries will descend upon Los Angeles to show the true meaning of courage, joy and determination. Special Olympics Florida is proud to have 16 athletes represent the USA at this competition – below are their stories. 

Special Olympics USA Unified Bowling pair Aaron Freitag and Alexio Bautista competed today against eight other teams at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. After coming out strong yesterday and winning the gold, the duo hoped to keep up the pace and win another medal. Although they didn’t perform as well as they hoped the last frame of the second game Aaron bowled an incredible three strikes in a row lifting his and his partner’s spirits. As for Aaron’s final competition at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, he said, “I had a really fun time coming and if I ever get the chance again I will definitely go for it.” Later today Alex will participate in the Unified Experience, a series of individual non-official Special Olympics competition activities with some of the biggest names in professional sports. Alex will compete in his final bowling competition on FridayRead More »


Unified Soccer Team Comes Out On Top

Posted on July 29, 2015 | Posted in Uncategorized

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Every two years, Special Olympics athletes come together to compete at the Special Olympics World Games. This summer, over 6,500 athletes from 165 countries will descend upon Los Angeles to show the true meaning of courage, joy and determination. Special Olympics Florida is proud to have 16 athletes represent the USA at this competition – below are their stories. 

Special Olympics USA’s Unified Soccer Team from Florida played a very impressive game against Liechtenstein today. Despite Liechtenstein’s lead, the USA gave it their all and had a great comeback in the second half. “I think our best thing about that game was that we didn’t keep our heads down,” said Haley. The game finished with a close score of five to four with Lichtenstein claiming the victory. However, the USA is not phased and is ready to play the Czech Republic tomorrow. “We just have to play tomorrow like we played the second half today and we’ll be okay,” said Cameron.  Read More »


Breaking Records and Stereotypes at Special Olympics World Games

Posted on July 29, 2015 | Posted in Athlete ProfilesSports

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Every two years, Special Olympics athletes come together to compete at the Special Olympics World Games. This summer, over 6,500 athletes from 165 countries will descend upon Los Angeles to show the true meaning of courage, joy and determination. Special Olympics Florida is proud to have 16 athletes represent the USA at this competition – below are their stories. 

Confident, focused, and relaxed, Florida athlete Andy Miyares was more than ready for his 4 x 100 Freestyle relay on Tuesday. Only two seconds away from beating the Netherlands, not to mention making a new personal record, he knew he had to swim his absolute fastest. “We are trying to get the first place,” said Andy. The relay was intense and Andy did an amazing job in closing the gap between the USA and the other teams, bringing the Special Olympics USA relay team from third place to second. “Aquatics did fantastic!” said Andy. His hard work paid off and his team went on to achieved their fastest time by five seconds and receive a silver medal. Read More »


Work Hard, Play Hard at the Special Olympics World Games

Posted on July 27, 2015 | Posted in Athlete ProfilesIntellectual Disabilities

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Every two years, Special Olympics athletes come together to compete at the Special Olympics World Games. This summer, over 6,500 athletes from 165 countries will descend upon Los Angeles to show the true meaning of courage, joy and determination. Special Olympics Florida is proud to have 16 athletes represent the USA at this competition – below are their stories. 

In an experience bigger and better than any before, Special Olympics Florida’s Unified Soccer Team from Pasco County takes on the world at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. Today, athletes participate in games that determine what division they will play later this week. “There were more people in the crowd than usual,” said Joseph Trammel about their first unified soccer match against China. “I wasn’t nervous at all.” Confidence is key and it definitely paid off today when his team, representing Special Olympics USA, played an intense first game against China, closing it out with a tie of zero. Joseph played his hardest in this game as power forward and said “Work hard, play hard!” Tomorrow his team will play Liechtenstein.

Tune in to ESPN2 at 7 pm ET for nightly competition updates throughout the week.

Special Olympics Florida athletes at World Games

Joseph and team at Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremonies in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of Pasco County Schools

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