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Florence one of five U.S. cities sending a team to Olympics' International Children's Games

Team Florence, comprised of 11 student athletes, will be taking part in July's International Children's Games. (Source: Heidi Dean) Team Florence, comprised of 11 student athletes, will be taking part in July's International Children's Games. (Source: Heidi Dean)

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – The city of Florence is one of only five communities in the U.S. that will be sending a team of student athletes to the Olympics’ 50th International Children’s Games.

According to a press release from Florence School District One, the athletes competing in tennis are: Zoe Cauthen, Joseph Desser, Anish Jona, Rebecca Liu and Coach Rob Hill.

The track and field athletes who will be attending are: Nicholas Boatwright, Omarion Boatwright, Belicia Fraser, Savannah Jordan, Tyae McWhite, Thandi Stewart, and coaches Julie Allen and Brian Jordan.

According to the release, the games are scheduled for July 11 through July 16. They will feature children from around the world, ages 12 to 15, who will compete in a variety of sporting events and experience the local culture.

Heidi Dean, with the city of Florence, said the Pee Dee community joins Los Angeles, Cleveland, San Diego and Virginia Beach, Va., as the only cities in the nation to send a team to compete.

This year’s International Children’s Games are being held in Taiwan. The Florence team is leaving July 10 and will return on July 16.

Because of the time difference, it will be July 17 in Taiwan when the Pee Dee competitors return, according to Dean.

She added the Games are invitation-only and Florence.

According to the release, a team from Florence has attended nine of the last 14 International Children’s Games in locations such as: Windsor, Canada; Alkmaar, The Netherlands; Cleveland, Ohio; Athens, Greece; and Plock, Poland, among others.

“It’s pretty neat that we’ve been recognized,” Dean said.

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