Local Team Qualifies for Junior Olympics

EUGENE, Ore. — For the first time since 1993, a Eugene water polo team has qualified for the Junior Olympics.

The team’s coach says the kids have been working hard almost every day at the Amazon Pool. But although the team is eligible to go, they first need to raise enough money for the trip; the competition will cost at least $8,000.

The team’s coach, Stefan Stelzenmueller, said that many of the kids are working hard to earn the money themselves—even trying to balance summer jobs with twice-daily water polo practice. ┬áBut he said the kids would appreciate it if members of the community chipped in. “Any bit of help would be tremendous to keep some of these players around,” he said.

To donate to the team and help them reach the Junior Olympics, click here.

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