On November 13 and 14, a delegation of 16 Special Olympics Florida – Collier County athletes and Unified Partners competed in bowling at the 2015 Special Olympics Florida State Fall Classic at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando. Coaches Florestella Carranza, Doug Newell, Kelly Stevenson, Emily Thoemke, John Vinton, and MJ Weibling accompanied the athletes.
The results from the competition are:
Tiffany Weeks – Gold Medal
Jeff Wohlers – Bronze Medal
Linda Scott – 6th Place
Steven Newell – 7th Place
Traditional Special Olympics Doubles:
Pedro Sierra and Shawn Williams – Silver Medal
Athlete Rosemary Carrillo and Unified Partner Jasmin Jaimes – Gold Medal
Traditional Special Olympics Team:
Nery Cifuentes, Johnny Garza, Julio Loya and Jonathon Vinton – Silver Medal
Athlete Katrina Jackson, Athlete Taiha Ilerant, Unified Partner Hailey Vinton and Unified Partner Adriana Herrera – Gold Medal
Special Olympics Florida – Collier County, a volunteer-driven organization, offers a year-round sports program that includes training and competition in aquatics, golf, bowling, basketball, track and field, cycling, soccer, bocce, tennis, flag football, and standup paddle for persons eight years of age and older with intellectual disabilities, all at no cost to the athletes and their families. All individuals with intellectual disabilities are welcome, with no upper age limit.
The organization also offers two additional programs specifically for younger athletes. The Young Athletes Program, for 2 to 7 year olds, helps teach basic movement and sports skills to children with intellectual disabilities and to their siblings and peers without disabilities. The second program, Project UNIFY, is a school-based initiative that encourages all young people, with and without disabilities, to participate in athletic and leadership activities together.
Special Olympics Florida – Collier County’s programs are possible because of the dedication of hundreds of volunteers who organize, coach, publicize, raise funds, and administer the organization.All financial support for Special Olympics Florida – Collier County comes from local businesses, organizations, and individuals.
To become a volunteer coach for any sport or to sign up to participate as an athlete or a Unified Partner, please call Special Olympics Florida – Collier County at 239-775-1991 or go towww.specialolympicscollier.org.