Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Special Olympics State Summer Games

In May, 33 Special Olympics Florida – Collier County athletes and unified partners competed in the 2016 Special Olympics Florida State Summer Games at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando. Result from the competition are:

 

Athletics/Track & Field:

Francisco Diego: 5th place in shot put, 4th place in 100M run

Matthew Fisher: Bronze medal in long jump, gold medal in 100M run

Mercedes Johnson: Bronze medal in long jump, bronze medal in 100M Run

Lauren Maiocco: Silver medal in long jump, 4th place in 100M Run

JW McCarthy: Gold medal in pentathlon

Victoria Perez: Bronze medal in 100m run, 5th place in 200M run

Pablo Reyes: 5th place in 100M Run, 6th place in 200M run

Pedro Sierra: Silver medal in long jump, 5th place in 100M run

Alex Stevens: 5th place in long jump 5th, silver medal in 100M run

Head coach attending the competition: Tim Rose

 

Bocce:

Kevin Kennedy: Gold medal in singles

Joshua McClellan: Gold medal in singles

Keven Kennedy and Joshua McClellan: Gold medal in doubles competition

Head coach attending the competition: MJ Weibling

 

Cycling:

Christina Barlow: Bronze medal in 1K, gold medal in 2K

Matthew Cherry: Gold medal in 1K, gold medal in 2K

Martin Grasser: Gold medal in 1K, gold medal in 2K

James Hardesty: 4th place in 2k, bronze medal in 5K

Ryan Stolz: Bronze medal in 2K, gold medal in 5K

Head coach attending the competition: Bill Weidenfeller

 

Soccer:

Crystal Brooklier: Gold medal in skills competition

Unified Team Soccer (7 on 7): Silver Medal Winners

The team consists of Special Olympics athletes Alberto Bonilla, Gabriella DeLeon, Miguel Garcia, Michael Temaj, Steven Villarreal, and William Zuniga Suarez and Unified Partners Antonio Jaimes, Juan-Carlos Jaimes, Benjamin Lucio, Salvador Preciado, Hector Ramirez, Osbaldo Vasquez

Head coach attending the competition: Kelly Stevenson

 

Tennis:

Alberto Nieves: 5th place in yellow ball 1 singles

Kelly Rinfret: 3rd place in skills

Nicholas Stuempfig: 7th place in yellow ball 1 singles

Head coach attending the competition: Rachel Hamilton

 

At Closing Ceremonies, the following individuals were recognized by Special Olympics Florida, to represent Collier County:

Inspirational Athlete: Matt Fisher

Inspirational Unified Partner: Christopher Reynolds

Inspirational Coach: Lori Reynolds

 

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.

 

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