Fundraising For Local Olymipians' Families To Go To Sochi, Russia
OCALA - Skaters helping skaters. The winter Olympics are less than a month away and we have two local Olympians competing. The community of Ocala is coming together to offer its full support to their families.
Brittany Bowe and Joey Mantia who are part of the USA team will be representing Ocala in the 2014 winter Olympics. Ocala residents can't help but be honored. "And I am proud they are representing Ocala well," says one resident.
Jason Merrick who has been part of skate mania since he was 15 years old says he won’t ever forget the dynamic duo. He said, "How often do you get to say you have two people from little old Ocala going all the way to the Olympics and the fact that they both grew up skating here in this building."
The manager of skate mania tells me both Olympians started their career right here on this floor. That's why skate mania is trying to raise funds to help the families of the Olympians make it to Sochi, Russia. So that they can personally cheer on-- Bowe and Mantia.
"To see that they've taken it from them just skating sessions on the weekends to them joining the speed team and now here they are going all the way to the Olympics, it's a very proud moment," Merrick said.
Blessed Trinity, is teaming up with skate mania to have their last fundraiser next Sunday from 4 to 6pm. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the families. "The Olympic committee takes care of the skaters that are going but they don't help the families get to watch them. And the families have sacrificed a lot for these kids over the years."
Fans who knew the Olympians can’t wait for the games to begin in February. Luis Torres a supporter of the Olympians said, "I am very proud of Brittany and Joey... Especially Joey, I would like to see how he goes from the inline skating-- the transition from inline skating to ice-skating. So I am very excited, you know Ocala is very proud of them. Let's see how they make the transition. I am very proud of Brittany as well, I will be glued to the TV,” Merrick said. Glued to the TV-- hoping they bring medals back home.
Fundraisers on January 26th, 2014 at Skate Mania
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