Close-Knit With Grit, They’re Specially Fit

The Special Olympics is an outstanding organization that makes it possible for individuals with special needs to feel like champions. The Special Olympics Florida — Hillsborough County Summer Games 2019 took place at Berkeley Preparatory School, located in Tampa, on March 17, 2019. The event included competitions in the categories of Bocce, Cycling, Soccer, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, and more.

The event began with an inspirational opening ceremony, and Chandler Whitehead made the Specially Fit Foundation proud when he ran out with the Olympic Torch. The Specially Fit Foundation had 66 athletes compete in the categories of track & field and volleyball. Despite the preperformance jitters, the Specially Fit athletes produced phenomenal results!

Prior to the event, the Specially Fit volleyball team only had two practices. During these practices, the athletes learned how to accumulate points and what rules they had to adhere to during the game. They also learned how work together as a team. The practices really paid off at the day of the event!

The Specially Fit athletes competed in two volleyball matches at the event. Toward the end of their time on the court, the opposing team was one point away from winning the game. The Specially Fit team was down by five points, but they kept their composure and persevered. They were able to turn the game around and won the game with confidence!

The Specially Fit Volleyball team roster is as follows:

Shawn Jones (Captain)
Gregory Hawkins
Chandler Whitehead
Carl Skipper
John Capps
Trevor Stevens

Taylor Jaskulke
Taryn Jaskulke
The Specially Fit Volleyball coaches are:
Christian Whitehead
Karen Hunger

The Specially Fit athletes also racked up winnings in the Track and Field category. Our athletes showed of their skills in the areas of: 100 M Run, 100 M Walk, 1500 M Run, 200 M Run, 400 M Run, 400 M Walk, 4×100 M Relay, 50 M Run, 50 M Walk, 800 M Run, Shot Put — Men 4 Kg, Shot Put — Women 3 Kg, Softball Throw, and Tennis Ball Throw. Many of our Specially fit athletes earned podium rankings, and all of our Specially Fit athletes were commended for their efforts.

The Specially Fit individual awards in the Track and Field divisions are as follows:

100 M Run
Division: T100-M11
Anthony Salter- 2nd Place with a time of 18:22 seconds

Division: T100-M8
Michael J. Smith- 1st Place with a time of 14:63 seconds
Austin Wilson- 2nd Place with a time of 16:50 seconds
Chris Hatzigeorjiou- 3rd Place with a time of 17:31 seconds
Kit Judge- 4th Place with a time of 19:31 seconds
William Sherman- 5th Place with a time of 20:78 seconds

100 M Walk
Division T100W-F4
Lindsay Young- 1st Place with a time of 1 minute, 9.47 seconds
Katya Petelko- 2nd Place with a time of 1 minute, 13.97 seconds

Division: T100W-F5
Derian Palmer- 1st Place with a time of 42.79 seconds

Division: T100W-M2
Lucas Young- 1st Place with a time of 34.03 seconds

Division: T100W-M5
William Sanchez- 1st Place with a time of 37.47 seconds
Shoun Samuels- 2nd Place with a time of 41.47 seconds
Adam Miller- 3rd Place with a time of 50.62 seconds
Clayton Muenks- 4th Place with a time of 1 minute and 5.62 seconds

1500 M Run
Division: T15-M1
Samuel Parker- 1st Place with a time of 12 minutes, 9:00 seconds

200 M Run
Division: T200-M2
Russell Rodgers- 5th Place with a time of 44.69 seconds

Division: T200-M3
Juan Robles- 1st Place with a time of 34.72 seconds
John McLamb- 2nd Place with a time of 50.56 seconds
Devin Talley- 3rd Place with a time of 1 minute and 6.41 seconds

400 M Run
Division: T400-M25
Grant Samter- 1st Place with a time of 1 minute and 50.63 seconds

400 M Walk
Division: T400-F5
Paquita S. Williams- 1st Place with a time of 4 minutes and 28.25 seconds

Division: T400-M3
Steven Graham- 1st Place with a time of 3 minutes and 36.06 seconds
Jonathan Cabrera- 2nd Place with a time of 3 minutes and 42.82 seconds
Joshua Barker- 3rd Place with a time of 3 minutes and 48.00 seconds

Division: T400-M4
Bradley Cross- 1st Place with a time of 3 minutes and 17.53 seconds

4×100 M Relay
Division: TR1-M2
Ulin Trey Abreu- 2nd Place with a time of 1 minute and 14.66 seconds
Juan Robles- 2nd Place with a time of 1 minute and 14.66 seconds
Anthony Salter- 2nd Place with a time of 1 minute and 14.66 seconds
Michael J. Smith- 2nd Place with a time of 1 minute and 14.66 seconds

50 M Run
Division: T50-F7
Nikki Smith- 1st Place with a time of 10.84 seconds

Division: T50-M10
Joe Jelah- 2nd Place with a time of 8.12 seconds

50 M Walk
Division: T50W-M1
Allen Orantes- 1st Place with a time of 13.85 seconds

800 M Run
Division: T800-M2
Raymond Sanchez- 1st Place with a time of 2 minutes and 38.09 seconds
Joshua Wendell- 2nd Place with a time of 4 minutes and 30.31 seconds

Shot Put- Men 4Kg
Division: FSH-M2
Christ Hatzigeorjiou- 1st Place with a distance of 8m, 60.00cm
Raymond Sanchez- 2nd Place with a distance of 8m, 40.00cm
Austin Wilson- 3rd Place with a distance of 7m, 40.00cm
Michael J. Smith- 4th Place with a distance of 7m, 10.00cm
Kit Judge- 5th Place with a distance of 5m, 80.00cm

Division: FSH-M3
Steven Graham- 1st Place with a distance of 10m, 10.00cm
William Sherman- 2nd Place with a distance of 9m, 40.00cm

Division: FSH-M4
Joshua Wendell- 1st Place with a distance of 11m, 0.00cm
Joe Jelah- 2nd Place with a distance of 10m, 90.00cm
Juan Robles- 3rd Place with a distance of 6m, 50.00cm
Jonathan Cabrera- 4th Place with a distance of 4m, 80.00cm

Divsion: FSH-M6
Grant Samter- 1st Place with a distance of 5m, 90.00cm
Russell Rodgers- 2nd Place with a distance of 4m, 40.00cm

Division: FSH-M7
John McLamb- 1st Place with a distance of 4m, 40.00cm
Joshua Barker- 2nd Place with a distance of 3m, 10.00cm

Division: FSH-M8
Anthony Salter- 1st Place with a distance of 8m, 80.00cm

Shot Put- Women 3Kg
Division: FSH-F2
Paquita S. Williams- 1st Place with a distance of 6m, 50.00cm

Softball Throw
Division: FST-F5
Nikki Smith- 1st Place with a distance of 13m, 46.00cm

Division: FST-M9
Lucas Young- 1st Place with a distance of 5m, 51.00cm

Division: FST-M10
Adam M. Miller- 1st Place with a distance of 15m, 79.00cm
Clayton Muenks- 2nd Place with a distance of 6m, 44.00cm
Robert Beaulieu- 3rd Place with a distance of 4m, 39.00cm

Tennis Ball Throw
Division: FTT-F2
Jameshia McGill- 1st Place with a distance of 13m, 73.00cm
Elizabeth Montejo- 2nd Place with a distance of 6m, 99.00cm

Division: FTT-F9
Katya Petelko- 1st Place with a distance of 14m, 89.00cm
Lindsay Young- 2nd Place with a distance of 8m, 67.00cm

Division: FTT-F13
Derian Palmer-1st Place with a distance of 5m, 49.00cm

Division: FTT-M6
Devin Talley- 1st Place with a distance of 10m, 6.00cm

Division: FTT-M7
Brandon Holloway-1st Place with a distance of 7m, 23.00cm
William Sanchez- 1st Place with a distance of 13m, 53.00cm
Allen Orantes- 2nd Place with a distance of 5m, 70.00cm

Division: FTT-M8
Shoun Samuels- 1st Place with a distance of 14m, 83.00cm

Division: FTT-M9
Bradley Cross- 1st Place with a distance of 31m, 0.00cm