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lando with a goal of competing at the 2012 London
Paralympic Games. After several months of intense
training, two SORA adaptive rowers became part of
the U.S. National team. That team won gold in the
Rowing World Cup in Belgrade, Serbia, thus securing
a spot in the 2012 Paralympics. Two months later, the
dedication and talents of these athletes and coaches
came to a dramatic conclusion when the rowers were
awarded a bronze medal at the London Games. The
SORA High Performance Adaptive Training Program
continues to work toward its next milestone goal of
competing in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
As Lake Nona has grown, so has SORA. Their goal
is not only to offer great training, but also to dramati-
cally improve the facilities for rowers, coaches and
visitors. SORA is currently seeking personal and cor-
porate contributors to help finance a fully enclosed
boathouse as well as sidewalks from the boathouse to
the dock and to the restrooms (which would be espe-
cially helpful to adaptive rowers). SORA also will be
raising money by selling personalization of the bricks
for the area in front of the boathouse. Lake Nona, with
its focus on outdoors and health, has amazing facili-
ties for many sports and activities, and SORA feels
rowing should as well. South Orlando Rowing Associ-
ation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies
on volunteers and donations for a large part of what
it’s able to accomplish, and they appreciate any and
all donations large and small. Donations to SORA are
likely to be tax deductible, too!
The SORA rowers of all ages enjoy participating
in our local events. Come see SORA at its tent at the
upcoming Pig Run of Lake Nona on March 26! SORA
volunteers and parents will be available to answer
your questions about rowing and may even have a
few SORA items for sale.
front and they have a special tent at the event.
How can people sign up?
You can register to ride at diabetes.org/lakeno-
na. You can make your own team or be part of Team
Red. Team Red is for those who have never done this
or don’t belong to any other team. They will get the
support they need to be successful in their fundrais-
ing and on the ride.
What if I don’t ride but want to help?
Even if you don’t participate in the ride, you can
volunteer! We need 400 volunteers to make this
event a success. You can also register as a volunteer
If you want to participate in our fundraising
efforts, you can visit diabetes.org/lakenona and
make a donation.
Why Lake Nona?
Lake Nona and Tour de Cure share the same mis-
sion. Our mission is to advocate about health. Lake
Nona shares that vision. Lake Nona strives to be
America’s healthiest city. They have running trails,
bike lanes and Medical City. We want to showcase
neighborhoods like this around the country. Lake
Nona is really doing a service to the community with
what they are building here. Not only are they our
sponsors, but they participate in the event as well.
Tavistock has been instrumental in getting us addi-
tional support with other companies. They host a Fall
ride/meeting to give these companies an idea of what
the event is about, almost like a kickoff.
As we were wrapping up, a gentleman approached
us and said he had overheard our conversation about
Tour De Cure. “I have actually done 7 Tour de Cures.
I just moved to Lake Nona and am all signed up for
the event. In all my years doing it, I have raised over
$5,000. I think it’s a great cause. There’s a lot of dia-
betes in my family. I started to lose weight because I
was on the verge of being a diabetic. It’s a great ride
with great support, and I do it because I don’t want my
kids to struggle with this stuff. I support this 100%! I
know where the money is going, I know 100% where
the money is going. I love helping ADA out. My son
is starting to train to do it with me next year.”
Tindall, Panera passerby.
Tour de Cure, Lake Nona will take place on March
13 at Lake Nona Town Center. Event starts at 7 a.m.
Get out there, Nonahood, and support the American
RED RIDERS continued from page 18
ROWING continued from page 10
SOUTH ORLANDO ROWING
Visit the following website for more informa-
tion, practice schedules, etc.:
On Facebook Search:
South Orlando Rowing Association
Contact Team Director Katie Lednar for infor-
mation on learning to row or joining SORA
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