(Rock Hill, S.C.) –- Two York County men have qualified to compete in the 2019 Special Olympics World Games, for Team USA, in the United Arab Emirates this March.
The World Games are set to take place March 14-21 in Abu Dhabi.
Joshua Myers, of Rock Hill, and Scott Rohrer, of Clover, are two of the 216 athletes who were chosen to compete for the U.S.
“I have always wanted to go to the World Games and be a part of Team USA. I am so excited,” said Myers, 31, who will compete in powerlifting.
This will be Myers first time participating in the World Games and he said he could not have been more thrilled when he received the letter informing him that he made the team.
“I didn’t even finishing reading it, I just started celebrating,” said Myers.
Rohrer, 29, who will compete in golf, has been to the World Games before, but he said he is even more motivated this year.
“I’ve been before, but I can always get better. I’ve been practicing all the time and I really want gold this year,” said Rohrer.
“We are so incredibly proud of them, to have not one, but two athletes from our area competing is really special,” said Kathy Covington, Special Olympics director for Chester, Lancaster and York counties.
Covington said Rohrer and Myers have worked and trained hard to get to this point.
“They do not let anything or anyone stop them from doing what they want. They have never let their disability hold them back,” said Covington.
The pair is eager to compete, but they need to raise $28,000 to cover the costs of travel, food, housing and uniforms they will need to compete.
So far, they’ve already raised over $8,500 through fundraising events and online donations, but they still have a long way to go so they can attend the largest Special Olympics competition in the world.
“Scott and Josh have worked extremely hard to get where they are now and we cannot wait to see what they do in the future, but we need the help of our community to send them,” said Covington.