Lake Shore Middle School's Special Olympics Teams who won both a gold and a bronze medal at the Florida Special Olympics State Championships in Cocoa Beach.
Two basketball teams from the school - the "Champs" and "Sweet 2 be Sweet" – first competed and won at the district and area levels, then progressed to the state championship for Junior Division Level III.
The "Champs" won a gold medal for 3-on-3 basketball and "Sweet 2 be Sweet" won a bronze medal.
The "Champs" team members are Terrance Taylor, Ronnie Barker, Shakyra Esposito, Brandon Payne and Rashad Eason. Adam Norton, Zachary Todd and Konvarcye Jackson represent "Sweet 2 be Sweet.” Two additional students, Krista Velez, and Jessica Griffin, received participatory ribbons for Individual Skills Competition. The teams’ sponsor is Mr. Jesse Rogers.
Staff members and students at Lake Shore will soon be holding a rally to recognize and congratulate the students.
The students are looking forward to their next competition, the county summer games in March.
Special Olympics Florida believes that through sports training and competition, people with intellectual disabilities benefit physically, mentally, socially and spiritually; families are strengthened; and the community at large, both through participation and observation, is united in understanding people with intellectual disabilities in an environment of equality, respect and acceptance. For more information about Duval County’s Special Olympics activities, visit
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