CLERMONT — Athletes from all over Florida - as well as right here in Lake County - will travel to Clermont this week to perfect their sporting skills during the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games Training Camp.
More than 180 Special Olympics athletes from Florida will descend upon Clermont on Jan. 24 and 25 to train for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey in June. Tavares local Kyle Krekeler doesn’t have to go far to prep for his track and field race, as he participates in training camp at Montverde Academy.
Like many other Special Olympics athletes, competing in the 2014 USA Games will give Krekeler an opportunity to demonstrate not only his sports abilities, but also his independence. Krekeler said he enjoys the Special Olympics because it gives him the chance “to be the best at something.”
The two-day training seeks to build on each team and individual’s competitive strengths before they head off to join their more than 3,500 fellow athletes in New Jersey. There, they will compete in 16 sports before tens of thousands of cheering spectators.
While at camp in Clermont, athletes will undergo a combination of training and conditioning designed to provide each individual with a competitive edge. In Clermont, Special Olympics athletes will also go through orientation and be fitted for uniforms.
Multiple venues across Clermont, including the National Training Center, Sanctuary Ridge Golf Course and Clermont Lanes, will be used during training in a variety of sports.
“This training camp is imperative for Team Florida to bring home the gold,” said Akin Joseph, Sr. Director of Sports Training & Competition at Special Olympics Florida. “It’s also a great opportunity to share with the community our values of sportsmanship, perseverance and inclusion.”
For more information on the Special Olympics, visit www.specialolympicsflorida.org or email Danielle Spears at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about planning a trip to Lake County, log on to www.VisitLakeFL.com, call 352-742-3918 or visit the Lake County Welcome Center at 20763 U.S. Highway 27 in Groveland.