The United States Paralymic national soccer team will hold a month-long training camp in Atlanta to prepare for the upcoming Paralymic Games in Rio de Janeiro this September.
The camp will be split among two locations in Atlanta. It will open for a week's worth of training at Darlington Prep School on July 10, before shifting to Oglethorpe University from July 19-Aug 1, then returning and finishing up at Darlington Prep School from Aug 2-9.
The U.S. will be one of eight teams competing in the Paralympic soccer tournament. They were drawn into Group A and will play the Netherlands, Russia, and Argentina.
Stuart Sharp is the team's head coach and is also an Atlanta native. He spoke to ussoccer.com about the camp.
"I am looking forward, as are the players, to get on the field as we begin our final preparations for Rio," said 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."
According to the federation's official site, 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.
We wish them the best of luck as they prepare for their tournament. Here's the full roster that will be heading to Atlanta to participate in this training camp:
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.)