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Monroe County Set to Compete in 2018 Fall Classic


November 1, 2018

Monroe Set to Compete in 2018 Fall Classic at ESPN Wide World of Sports


KEY WEST, Fla. -- Athletes plan to compete in  Flag Football, Cheerleading and Powerlifting November. 8-11, 2018. 14 athletes, 10 Unified Partners, 6 Coaches from Monroe will compete in the 2018 Special Olympics Florida Fall Classic at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando. They will be competing in 4 sports, Unified Flag Football, Unified Cheerleading, Powerlifting and Senior Athletic Games. They will be supported by parents and chaperones for a total delegation number of 54.


Unified Flag Football - Key Largo School Tornados, Head Coach Jordan Lombard, Florida Keys Community College Goonies, Head Coach Randy Acevedo

The Tornados will be competing at a Level 4 this year and The Goonies will be advancing to Level 3- a higher level of competition then in prior years. The Goonies secured their seats on the bus with a first place win in a 4 team head to head bracket at the South Florida Flag Football Invitational on Oct. 30 with a final win against Miami Canes at 28-6. The Tornados are automatically advancing due to a lack of competition for them within Area 11 at their age and division.


Unified Cheerleading- The Florida Keys Community College Cheetah Girls, Head Coach Latara Williams

This is a newly formed team and they will be in an exhibition event on Friday Nov. 9 at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Cheerleading is a year round sport, so watch for them to be at all of our local events and headed to State Summer Games in May.


Powerlifting- Team Keys Strong- Athlete Heyden Fenney, Head Coach Jason Lynsey

This newly formed team has been training at I am Cross Fit Upper Keys in Islamorada. This team is also headed to the Southeast Regional Powerlifting Completion in Marietta, Georgia Jan. 11-13, 2019.


Senior Athletic Games- Athlete Scott Hart, Head Coach Pat Hart

This is a new event, designed to give athletes over the age of 50 an opportunity to compete in sports with adaptations. Scott will be competing in the 850 M Walk.

This is an exciting Fall Classic for Monroe with increased level of competition and new sports! 


Special Olympics Director of Miami-Dade County visited Monroe County for the Stand Up Paddle Invitational. Smith said the event has grown tremendously in the last seven years. "It was so wonderful to attend the 7th Annual Key West Stand Up Paddle Invitational.   This event was the catalyst for Stand Up Paddle becoming an official Special Olympics sport.  For the first time SUP was offered at our 2018 USA Games in Seattle and Key West Alumni, Jennifer Averette, represented Team FLORIDA well  earning the Bronze!   We are also so excited to see the incredible growth of our program in Monroe County, largely due to our partnership with Monroe County School District."

The Stand Up Paddle Invitational is a part of the Special Olympics program.


About Special Olympics Florida Monroe County

Special Olympics Florida Monroe County provides year-round sports training, competition, and health services to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, at no cost to the athletes or their caregivers, as a means to achieve physical fitness, self-esteem, socialization skills, and the life skills necessary to be productive, respected, and contributing members of their communities. To learn more, visit