Land O’ Lakes Team to Represent USA in 2015 Special Olympics World Games Beginning July 25 in Los AngelesOn Thursday, June 11, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will welcome the Land O’ Lakes High School Special Olympics Soccer Team to One Buccaneer Place to congratulate the athletes on earning the title of Team USA for the upcoming 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. Team USA will have the chance to watch the Buccaneers practice, will be greeted by Buccaneers players and coaches at the end of Thursday’s OTA session, and then will participate in a brief soccer scrimmage on the practice fields as the Buccaneers players cheer them on.
Last year, the Land O’ Lakes unified soccer team – comprised of athletes with and without intellectual disabilities competing together, as teammates – won a gold medal at the Special Olympics Florida State Games at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. The team will be part of a 491-member delegation to represent the United States at the Special Olympics World Summer Games, which will take place July 25-August 2. The event will bring together 7,000 athletes from more than 177 countries to compete in 25 sports. More than half a million spectators are expected to converge on the 27 venues hosting the games, which will be carried out with the support of 3,000 coaches and more than 30,000 volunteers.
Tomorrow, the Buccaneers will also welcome William Corsi, a 32-year-old Special Olympics athlete from Hillsborough County, at practice. Corsi has been chosen as one of 30 athletes from around the world to participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run leading up to this summer’s Special Olympics World Games. Corsi has been a Special Olympics athlete for more than 16 years, and his parents, Michael and Candy Corsi, are heavily involved in volunteering. Corsi serves as a Global Messenger and works to spread awareness in the community about the importance of Special Olympics and the significant role it has played in his life.
Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 4.4 million athletes in 177 countries. With the support of more than 1.3 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 81,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Through the power of sport, Special Olympics strives to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people.
Special Olympics Team USA Soccer and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Thursday, June 11
12:45 – 1:30 p.m. – Team USA watches Buccaneers practice
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Buccaneers visit with Team USA before soccer scrimmage
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