Ten-year-old Collin Cup, who will be a sixth-grader at Christ the King School in the fall, is competing in California this week in the U.S. Junior Olympic Skills Competition. The event is the official youth skills competition of the United States Olympic Committee.
Collin was one of three boys chosen in his age division and is one of 72 athletes ages 8 to 13 who will compete through July 26 in basketball, soccer, tennis and track and field in the national finals at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., a suburb of San Diego.
Collin qualified for an all-expenses-paid trip for himself and his father, Peter Cup, by winning the regional Junior Olympics Competition at Christ the King School this spring. The skills competition consisted of a timed soccer drill that included dribbling and shooting on a goal.
“I’m excited,” said Collin, who has been playing soccer since he was 6.
According to the Team USA Web site, more than 1.6 million competitors in the four sports participated in nearly 8,000 local qualifying events hosted by 2,500 community organizations throughout the country.
Opening ceremonies July 23 will include an address by soccer star Cobi Jones, a 1992 Olympian and the current assistant coach for the LA Galaxy.
“They treat them like regular Olympians,” said his mother, Cathleen Cup.