In 1996, the first group of athletes from Team Beaufort qualified to compete on the national weightlifting scene. Since that time, Team Beaufort has continued to compete on regional and national levels. Currently Team Beaufort holds the Boys National Titles in two national competitions:
1. AAU National Jr. Olympics — have won 10 consecutive years, 2001-2010 (Coach Ray Jones was named the AAU National Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2006).
2. USAW School Age Nationals — have won three consecutive years, 2008, 2009, 2010 (Team Beaufort has two USAW School Age National record holders — Alex Silon and Mikey Mattis).
Over the years team Beaufort has reached out into the community and schools, training hundreds of youth in movements for flexibility, core and body awareness. They have participated in “at risk” and youth programs, such as Project Soar, Boys & Girls Club, Drug Awareness Day, YMCA Sports Demo, School Health Fair and Kid’s Fest.
Athletes in this program not only are challenged physically, but gain “life lessons,” competitive spirits, improvement in grades, behavior, learn goal setting, improve self-esteem, general attitude, overall conditioning and weight management.
Team Beaufort’s Goal is to promote the youth of our community and provide an opportunity for all to experience the thrill, excitement and benefits of competing in an Olympic sport.
Next month, July 28-July 31, Team Beaufort will be traveling to New Orleans, Louisiana, to compete in the 2011 AAU Junior Olympic Games to defend a 10-year running record
If you would like to donate to the team or send well-wishes, please call Coach Ray Jones at (843) 812-6671. Team Beaufort is a 501c3 non profit that carries the highest tax exempt status and totally relies on the sponsorship of local families, friends and businesses.