Sean Walker and Chris Garr were invited to the Toyota Emerging Athletes Camp with Boccia United States after Sean’s impressive showing in the semifinals at USA Boccia Nationals this past August. Sean and Chris traveled to the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama for this two-day camp on October 26-27.
Sean and Chris trained for two days alongside national team athletes under the direction of Boccia United States coaches. The training sessions covered tactical and technical aspects of the boccia. Sean and Chris were able to share some of their experience with younger athletes who show high-performance potential but also learn from elite boccia players as they prepare for the 2023 ParaPan Games in Santiago, Chile in late November. The Emerging Athletes Camp was paid for by a generous grant from Toyota in support of Team USA.
Sean and Chris play the sport of Boccia together as teammates. Sean is classified as a BC3 in boccia, meaning he plays with a ramp and a ramp operator. Chris has been Sean’s ramp operator since the two started YC’s program 10 years ago. Chris and Team YC head coach Jimmy Abraham also assist Team USA as team staff for various international competitions.
Lakeshore Foundation is proud to be the National Governing Body of Boccia United States. Since Boccia’s introduction as a Paralympic sport in 1984, the United States has won seven medals.