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Eagle County youth selected for 2012 Olympic trip

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Special to the DailyStudents from SOS Outreach, a youth outdoor nonprofit, meet for the first time in preparation for a trip to London for the 2012 Olympics in Denver in August. The group of 20 students were selected through the nonprofit organization Global Sports Development to go on the trip. Students will watch the games, attend cultural events, learn how to be cultural ambassadors and even meet athletes.

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Youth nonprofit SOS Outreach, in partnership with Global Sports Development Playmakers program, has selected 20 students to attend the 2012 London Olympics.

Global Sports Development is an organization dedicated to helping youth learn through sports. The organization’s Playmakers program has been giving the next generation of youth leaders the opportunity to experience the Olympic Games since 2002. The trip will include sightseeing, meeting U.S. Olympic athletes, attending cultural events and of course, seeing the games.

After a selection process that included an entry essay, students from Denver, Eagle County, Summit County, Durango and Seattle were chosen for the trip. From Eagle County, the students are Joey Springer, Cristian Luna, Jesus Garcia, Kevin Rodriguez, Jennifer Rascon, Lorena Varela, Abigail Varela, Kelsey Bellm, Tessy Holguin, Jessinia Reyes, Megan Fregoso and Jonathan Cano. From Summit County, the students are Jacob Patrick Brady, Mystic McFadden and Jack Cline. From Durango, the students are Sage Potter, Samantha Jones and Luke Sutherlin. In addition, Jacob Salazar of Seattle and Jackie Luevano of Denver will also be attending.

The students, all ages 13 to 17, have been involved in SOS’s development programs for four to six years and have demonstrated excellent participation and leadership, said SOS trip coordinator Theresa Papandrea.

“This trip will provide the highest level of leadership training to youth within our programs. Such an experience will further develop a group of young leaders within the community,” she said.

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The group met for the first time in Denver last month to talk about the trip, expectations and meet other participants. This opportunity is made possible for SOS Outreach students by K2 Sports and its president, Robert Marcovitch.

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