Cocoa Beach Hosts Special Olympics Florida State Surfing Championships

By  //  September 13, 2015

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Ron Jon Surf Shop Manages 6th Annual Special Olympics Florida State Surfing Championships

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH FLORIDA – More than 150 Special Olympians, including 28 from Brevard County, competed on Saturday at Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach, Florida in the Special Olympics Florida State Surfing Championships.

Special Olympics Florida conducts eight State Championships every year. These events are the culmination of an athletes training and competition cycle for a specific sports season.

In order to compete in a State Championship event, athletes and teams must have completed eight weeks of training and compete at county and area level competitions.

The competition was managed by Ron Jon Surf Shop.

Special Olympics Florida, an accredited program of Special Olympics Inc., was founded in 1972 and is one of the largest volunteer-driven athletic organizations in the state.

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Special Olympics Florida Surfing Coach Dave Jacobs cheers on on of his pupils during the Special Olympics Florida State Surfing Championships at Cocoa Beach. (Image courtesy of Louis Barr Photography)

It all began in the 1950s and early 1960s, when Eunice Kennedy Shriver saw how unjustly and unfairly people with intellectual disabilities were treated. She also saw that many children with intellectual disabilities didn’t even have a place to play. She decided to take action.

Today, Special Olympics is the world’s largest provider of fitness training, education and athletic competition — coupled with social, life, and leadership skill development opportunities — for children and adults with intellectual disabilities or a similar developmental disability.

For more information on Special Olympics Surfing Programs log on to SpecialOlympicsFlorida.org

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More than 150 Special Olympians, including 28 from Brevard County, competed on Saturday at Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach, Florida in the Special Olympics Florida State Surfing Championships. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

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Special Olympics voluteers: Alyssa Braddock, Josefina Pagan, Doreen Boyle and Marlene Genereux. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)

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More than 150 Special Olympians, including 28 from Brevard County, competed on Saturday at Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach, Florida in the Special Olympics Florida State Surfing Championships. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)

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More than 150 Special Olympians, including 28 from Brevard County, competed on Saturday at Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach, Florida in the Special Olympics Florida State Surfing Championships. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)

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More than 150 Special Olympians, including 28 from Brevard County, competed on Saturday at Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach, Florida in the Special Olympics Florida State Surfing Championships. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)

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More than 150 Special Olympians, including 28 from Brevard County, competed on Saturday at Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach, Florida in the Special Olympics Florida State Surfing Championships. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)

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More than 150 Special Olympians, including 28 from Brevard County, competed on Saturday at Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach, Florida in the Special Olympics Florida State Surfing Championships. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)


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