POSTED: Wednesday March 23rd 2011
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Special Olympics Team USA Athletes, Coaches Head to San Diego, California, for Training Camp March 27-31 as They Prepare For Competition on the World's Stage

For Special Olympics Team USA, consisting of 317 athletes and 126 coaches, this training camp is the first time many of the Special Olympics athletes will unite with their fellow teammates.


Special Olympics Team USA Athletes, Coaches Head to San Diego, California, for Training Camp March 27-31 as They Prepare For Competition on the World’s Stage

In order to prepare for global competition, the athletes and coaches of Team Florida and the rest of Special Olympics Team USA are heading to San Diego State University and nearby venues for a training camp March 27-31.

Team USA - Florida will send a delegation of 19 athletes and 4 volunteer coaches.  Athletes will compete in 7 sports including Aquatics, Athletics (Track & Field), Basketball, Bocce, Cycling, Golf, and Tennis.

For Special Olympics Team USA, consisting of 317 athletes and 126 coaches, including management team members, this training camp is the first time many of the Special Olympics athletes will unite with their Special Olympics World Summer Games coach and other athletes from all over the nation who will be joining them on their trip to Athens. The camp will offer a variety of coaches meetings and sport-specific training for athletes in athletics, aquatics, basketball, bocce, bowling, bicycling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, kayaking, powerlifting, sailing, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.

Special Olympics athletes and coaches will participate in a variety of unifying and team-building activities during their time in San Diego. Featured events for the camp include an Opening Ceremony featuring Olympic decathlete and founder of Special Olympics Southern California Rafer Johnson and Closing Ceremony/Greek Night featuring Olympic softball player Amanda Freed. Also during camp, athletes from Special Olympics Team USA will be fitted for their uniforms and have sport-specific photos taken.

Special thanks go to Champion, the official performance apparel supplier of Special Olympics Team USA. Other sponsors are P&G, the American Federation of Teachers and MTM Recognition. Loudmouth is a product supplier of Special Olympics Team USA’s golf team.

This is the 13th Special Olympics World Summer Games, uniting 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 180 nations to compete in 22 Olympic-type sports June 25-July 4. The 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games will be the milestone event of a long-lasting movement, founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, to create a world that is not dominated by those who are excluded but by those who are included. In Athens, the birthplace of modern sport, where the true values of competition were born, the talents and skills of Special Olympics athletes will remind us what the World Games are really about, where all participants are winners in their struggle for respect, inclusion and unity.

Every two years, thousands of Special Olympics athletes worldwide come together to showcase their athletic skills and celebrate the spirit of Special Olympics. Alternating between Summer Games and Winter Games, Special Olympics World Games bring public attention to the talents and capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities, helping to change attitudes and break down barriers that excluded them from the mainstream of the community.

For more information on Special Olympics Team USA, visit http://www.specialolympicsteamusa.org or find additional information at the Special Olympics World Summer Games official website: http://www.athens2011.org/en/index.asp.

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Name: Amie Dugan
Organization: Special Olympics
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URL: http://www.specialolympics.org


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