Ron Jon Surf Shop and Special Olympics Florida Continue the First Ever Surf Program as Special Olympics Athletes Take to the Waves
Training for the fifth year of Special Olympics Florida Surfing, sponsored by Ron Jon Surf Shop, will begin in June and July 2014. The program continues to grow and the 2014 season will include participation by 17 counties in Florida and over 150 Special Olympic athletes. Surf training will continue through the summer culminating with the Florida state competition in Cocoa Beach on September 12th and 13th. Please contact Special Olympics Florida at www.SOFL.org or 352-243-9536 for information on training dates and locations, how to register an athlete, or general information on the SOFL surfing program.
What began in the summer of 2010 as a trial surf program within Brevard County quickly grew to encompass counties all around the state of Florida, bringing the gift of surfing to the delight of many Special Olympics athletes. It all started when Ron Jon Surf Shop, through its affiliated Ron Jon Surf School, partnered with Special Olympics Florida to bring surf instruction as well as the culture and lifestyle of surfing to a group of Special Olympics athletes.
The 2013 state contest was held at Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach, FL. on September 14th, 2013 where nearly 100 Special Olympics athletes paddled into the waves for the fourth annual Statewide Competition. The surf was ideal, and the sun was shining along with the smiling faces of all the participants and their families. Crowds of spectators gathered to cheer on athletes, and volunteers lent their support by helping athletes back to their instructors out in the water. The day ended with a closing ceremony where athletes were awarded medals for their outstanding performances. Ron Jon Surf Shop and Special Olympics Florida look forward to the 2014 program as it continues to expand and bring surfing to the lives of many more Special Olympics athletes.
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Scenes from the 2013 Event