Seaside School Welcomes Two Star Athletes Who Are Inspiring Winners Both On and Off the Field

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March 23, 2017
SEASIDE, FL (March 23, 2017) — Seaside School is on the ball, so to speak. Students at both campuses: Seaside Neighborhood School and Seacoast Collegiate High School got a chance to “play around” with two stellar Team USA athletes when it hosted U.S. soccer star Cobi Jones and Paralympian volleyball gold medalist Kari Miller.
 
Cobi Jones, 47, is easily one of the best soccer players the U.S. has ever produced. A native of California he is simply known as a sports legend, scoring the first goal in Los Angeles Galaxy club history and maintaining the title of the longest standing member and lead scorer of the Major League Soccer dynasty. He spent 15 seasons with the team and his No. 13 is only number in club history to be retired.
 
A 2011 US Soccer Hall of Fame inductee and the CONCACAF representative for the 2010 World Cup Draw in Germany, Jones is a two-time Major League Soccer Cup winner (2002 and 2005) with a storied international career with the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team. A permanent fixture from 1992 to 2004, Jones played in three World Cups (1994, 1998, 2002). He amassed 164 caps for the U.S., representing the country more than any other male player in history, scoring 15 goals and 22 assists, which are the second most in the National Team record books. Jones also was a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Soccer Team. After retiring from the field, he went on to be a successful coach, sports broadcaster and entrepreneur.
 
Kari Miller, 40, is a world champion that went on to become a three-time Paralympian — winning gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and silver twice in both the games in London (2012) and Beijing (2008).
 
Miller lost both her legs when a car she was in was hit by a drunk driver while she was on leave from military duty in 1999. She started competing for Paralympic Games in 2007 where she won a silver medal for her participation at Sitting Volleyball Invitational. Her illustrious career began and in 2009 she was awarded as Paralympian of the year.
 
Both acclaimed athletes came to Seaside School to meet and greet with students, provide demonstrations of their skills, offer up tips and autographs as well as motivational talks about each of their personal sports journeys.
Seaside Neighborhood School principal Kim Mixson says hosting successful role models such as Olympic and Paralympic athletes is just another way Seaside School lives its mission by creating a positive and engaging campus atmosphere.
 
“Having the chance to meet gold medal Olympic-level athletes in person is extraordinarily inspiring to anyone, but especially to students,” says Seaside Neighborhood School principal Kim Mixson. “When our students can meet and talk with someone who is a highly accomplished winner whom they admire, their lofty dreams can become achievable goals that are much closer in reach. Both of athletes were excellent speakers who inspired our students to do their best in athletics and in life.”
 
For more information on Seaside School, visit www.seasideschool.net.
 
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Captions:
6244: Seaside Neighborhood School principal Kim Mixson (in red jacket) applauds as students present soccer star Cobi Jones with a souvenir Seaside Sharks jersey.
 
6253: Soccer star Cobi Jones and volleyball Paralympic athlete Kari Miller (holding banner) with Seaside Neighborhood School students.
 
6276: Soccer superstar Cobi Jones signs an autograph.
 
6295: Seaside Neighborbood School students line up for personalized autographs from volleyball Paralympic athlete Kari Miller.
 
6228: Volleyball Paralympic athlete Kari Miller speaks to students at Seaside Neighborhood School
 
 
ABOUT SEASIDE SCHOOL, INC.
Established in 1996, Seaside School, Inc. is one of Florida’s first public charter schools located in Seaside, Florida. Seaside School is one charter school serving students on two campuses: Seaside Neighborhood School (grades 5-8) and Seacoast Collegiate High School (grades 9-12). Seaside School recently was honored by the Florida Department of Education as a “pioneer charter school.” Thanks to a dedicated staff, involved parents, and the support of local businesses and community members, Seaside School is consistently ranked one of the top performing schools in the state of Florida, recognized at the national and state levels for academic achievements. Seaside School is funded in part by Seaside School Foundation, Inc. which produces the highly anticipated annual Seaside Half Marathon and 5K Run each spring.

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