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FWISD Student-Athletes Travel to Italy for Youth Sports Games

More than 20 Fort Worth Independent School District student-athletes and coaches are part of a nearly 100-member delegation representing Fort Worth at the sixth edition of the Tricolore Youth Sports Games in Reggio Emilia, Italy this week.

The delegation departed for Italy Thursday, July 5.

The student-athletes will compete in girls’ volleyball, swimming and baseball. They are the only student-athletes representing the United States in the games, according to Fort Worth Sister Cities International, a local nonprofit.

The FWISD student-athletes and coach expected to make the trip to Italy are:

David Akard, coach, McLean Middle School;

From Tanglewood Elementary School: Jackson Dyer, Canaan Factor, George Factor, Haden Greer, Maddon Schulz, Bauer Stephens and Knox Stephens;

From Daggett Montessori School: Jovany Lopez;

From Monnig Middle School: Bennett Brewer, Brian Castillo, Bennett Chairez and Holman Harvey;

From McLean Middle School: Raul Hurtado, Ruben Perea and Lukas Trimble;

From Wedgwood Middle School: Jorge Zapata

From Paschal High School: Nathan Fackel, William Hahnfeld, Mateo Martinez, Cole Peck and Kristofer Sisson;

From Trimble Tech High School: David Lopez Jr.

The games bring together more than 3,000 young athletes from around the globe for approximately 400 traditional and Paralympic sporting events, Saturday, July 7- Friday, July 13. Athletes will compete and live in an Olympic-style village during the games, according to Sister Cities International. The games are hosted in Reggio Emilia, Italy -- Fort Worth’s sister city -- every four years.

“Living with and competing against these young athletes, our students will undoubtedly learn that they have much more in common with them than what separates them,” said Michael Jacobsson, Chairman of the Tricolore in Fort Worth, in a recent media release. “These are the types of experiences that help kids shape their understanding and acceptance of people from other cultures and it’s a lot of fun, too!”

“The Games offer an international experience these kids will remember the rest of their lives. Bringing home gold, silver and bronze medals will be a highlight of their athletic careers,” Matt Graves, Tricolore Vice Chair added.

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View more photos of the student-athletes departing here.  


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