It’s Good to be the King…Or Meet Him!

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Sound familiar? Many of you have followed the tweets of Tomas Rodriguez (@ThomasRoBeltran), a member of our Teens Take Charge program and record-holding swimmer. On December 4, 2014, in Madrid, Spain, his mom, Rosanne Beltran, had the honor of accompanying her son Tomas to the 2014 Spanish National Sports Awards Ceremony at the Pardo Royal Palace hosted by the King of Spain. The National Sports Awards are issued by the Spanish Sports Council and recognize individuals and groups that have made a significant contribution to the field of sport. Tomas, selected from among Federated Intellectual Disability Athletes to attend the event, had the opportunity to meet His Royal Highness King Felipe VI of Spain, Queen Letizia, Queen Sofia (the King’s mother) and Infanta Elena (the King’s sister.) Tomas trains with Spain’s Future Paralympian Swimming Team as an S14 swimmer as well as training with his city swim team, Club Natación Pozuelo.  Recipients ranged from well-known athletic stars to a seven year-old who displayed exemplary sportsmanship during a youth league soccer game. There was so much incredible athletic talent in one place at one time!

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