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.
Special Olympics Florida’s unified soccer team hails from Land O’Lakes High School in Pasco County, Florida and has embraced the Special Olympics movement. Playing unified means that athletes with and without intellectual disabilities compete on the same team. We’re proud to know that our Florida athletes are doing an amazing job representing unity, perseverance and sportsmanship with joy at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.