Cameron Park athlete Danny LaSarte will represent Team USA and the Dwarf Athletic Association of America in the 2013 World Dwarf Games, Aug. 3-10, on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing.
The World Dwarf Games offer competition in 13 Olympic style individual and team sports. LaSarte, 23,will compete in basketball, soccer, track & field, boccia ball, floor hockey and volleyball.
“While we have an opportunity to compete on a national level, there is a special sense of pride competing for your country,” said LaSarte. “You watch the Olympics and dream about one day showing off your athletic abilities and representing the USA. This is my chance to do that. All of TEAM USA will be able to see how they stack up against our international competitors. The significance of the event makes you step up your game.”
LaSarte is a graduate of Ponderosa High School in Shingle Springs, and is currently attending Folsom Lake College working towards a degree in sports nutrition. He is a member of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Chapter of Little People of America, a national non-profit organization that provides support and information to people with dwarfism and their families. For more information about LPA visit lpaonline.org.
Because dwarfism is a rare medical condition, LaSarte has very few opportunities to compete on a level playing field. That’s why these international games represent what is likely to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of the athletes.
The World Dwarf Games are a quadrennial multi-sport competition designed for dwarf athletes. With the DAAA as host, the 2013 games are expected to be the largest sporting event in history exclusively for dwarf athletes. More than 400 dwarf athletes of all ages and abilities from 20 countries will be participating in 13 different Olympic style sports including archery, badminton, basketball, boccia, floor hockey, kurling, powerlifting, shooting, soccer, swimming, table tennis, track & field and volleyball. Team USA has 209 athletes competing from all over the country.
The DAAA hosts annual National Games for dwarf athletes, but the World Dwarf Games provide an international venue for these athletes. For more information visit 2013worlddwarfgames.org.
Founded in 1985, the DAAA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide quality amateur athletic opportunities for persons with dwarfism. Whether novice or elite, the DAAA is committed to providing athletes with dwarfism a showcase to demonstrate their prowess in a variety of sports, the opportunity to experience the thrill of competition and a chance to meet fellow athletes from across the nation. DAAA expects all participants to embrace and embody high personal values, including courage, determination, good sportsmanship and equality. For more information on Team USA or the DAAA contact Mike Cekanor, Team USA Chef de Mission and DAAA board vice president, at [email protected].