U.S. PNT Trains in Georgia for Paralympic Games Tune-Up
CHICAGO (July 6, 2016) - The U.S. Paralympic National Team will head to Atlanta, Georgia from July 9-Aug. 9 for its final preparations before the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio this Sept. 7-18. The Paralympic Games bring together the top eight teams in the world, after a four-year qualification cycle, to compete for the gold medal.
The training camp will be held at two locations beginning at Darlington Prep School from July 10-17, then shifting to Oglethorpe University from July 19-Aug. 1 before returning to Darlington Prep School from Aug. 2-9.
“I am looking forward, as are the players, to get on the field as we begin our final preparations for Rio,” said PNT head coach Stuart Sharp. “The facilities that we will be using in Atlanta, along with the climate, will provide us an excellent opportunity to continue to build our momentum towards the Paralympic Games in September. We have set some targets for ourselves to achieve in Brazil, it’s not going to be easy against top 7 countries in the world, however I am confident that I have assembled a squad of players who can apply themselves to meet expectations. “
The U.S. was drawn into Group A for this summer’s Paralympic games and will face the Netherlands, ranked fourth in the world, on Sept. 8, Russia (2) on Sept. 10 and finish group play vs. Argentina (6) on Sept. 12. Group B contains Brazil, Great Britain, Ireland and Ukraine. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Semifinals on Sept. 14; with the medal matches set take place on Sept. 16.
The U.S. PNT has a couple connections to Atlanta as this year marks the 20th Anniversary of the 1996 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Atlanta and will be the first time the U.S. PNT has visited the city since those competitions took place. Additionally, Atlanta is the home city of U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp, while midfielder Steven Bohlemann graduated this year from the prestigious Georgia Institute of Technology with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
The U.S. PNT includes players with Cerebral Palsy, those who have survived a stroke, and those who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury, including three military veterans, who were injured while serving overseas.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS : Alex Hendricks (Columbus, Ohio), Sean Boyle (San Jose, Calif.)
DEFENDERS : David Garza (Chula Vista, Calif.), Gavin Sibayan (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Bryce Boarman (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS : Kevin Hensley (Memphis, Tenn.), Mason Abbiate (San Diego, Calif.), Adam Ballou (Virginia Beach, Va.), Steven Bohlemann (Atlanta, Ga.), Gregory Brigman (Harrisburg, N.C.), Joshua Brunais (Washington, D.C), Tyler Bennett (Wadsworth, Ohio)
FORWARDS : Drew Bremer (Boise, Idaho), Seth Jahn (Tampa, Fla.)