SANFORD, Florida - For two years the Raider Athletics Department and the Seminole County Special Olympics have teamed together for a great partnership. The relationship has taken another step as the Raiders have announced that Special Olympian Scott Lienard will be the lead Public Address (PA) Announcer for the Seminole State Softball Team this spring.
Over the course of the partnership, the Raider Softball team has played the Softball team from Seminole County (named the Warriors) and the #1 NJCAA Women's Golf team from Seminole State has volunteered at the Annual Special Olympics Golf Fundraiser. It was at the outing the Athletic Director, Kurt Esser noticed Scott handling the PA as golfers teed off on the first hole. Esser noted, "I thought Scott had a great voice, good timing and understood his role. Having seen his credentials, this will be a big improvement over the last PA Announcer" (which was Esser).
When notified of his selection, Lienard stated, "“that’s awesome; I have always wanted to announce for a College team.” Now he will get that chance.
The Scott Lienard File:
- Scott graduated from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in Orlando, Florida in November of 2016
- Scott started to volunteer as a PA announcer in September of 2015 for Special Olympics, Seminole County and has continued to volunteer for Special Olympics through the present date. As Seminole County’s PA announcer, Scott has served as the announcer for opening ceremonies related to several sports, including Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, and Track. Scott has also volunteered as the PA announcer for the Seminole County Special Olympics Golf tournament for the last 2 years.
- In October of 2015, Scott started to volunteer at Oviedo Babe Ruth as their PA announcer for recreational softball games for softball players ranging from 8-16 years of age. Scott was the PA announcer at Oviedo Babe Ruth for 2 seasons.
- In the Spring of 2017, Scott started to serve as the PA announcer for the JV softball team at Oviedo High School.
- In the Fall of 2017, Scott started to serve as the PA announcer for the Varsity slow pitch softball team at Oviedo High School.
- In the Spring of 2018, Scott moved from announcing for the JV softball team to announcing for the Varsity Oviedo High School Softball team and served as the PA announcer for all home Varsity fastpitch softball games.
- For more than a year, Scott has presented a weekly show on You Tube called Scott’s week in Sports, where Scott talks about various Sports topics, which primarily consists of Scott’s sports predictions (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWFeSbrAvg6fzGLUPWrPFgg).
About Special Olympics FL:
Seminole County provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults 8 years of age and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Seminole County has grown exponentially in the last 18 months. We are currently serving over 800 athletes; in addition to our 17 competitive sports we also have 16 Young Athletes, 3 Little Elite and 3 Motor Activity Training Programs and a growing athlete leadership. Athletes representing Team Florida have appeared at the USA Games 2018 and 2 athletes were selected to represent Team USA at World Games in Abu Dhabi 2019.
The program is made possible through the generosity of local individuals, civic clubs, businesses and corporations. The athletes participate in our program at no cost; therefore, without volunteers and donations, the program would not exist. Contact is: firstname.lastname@example.org
- To donate to Raider Athletics go to: https://tkt.xosn.com//donor/DonorProfile.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=34200&DB_OEM_ID=34200
- There are both advertising and rental opportunities at the Seminole State Raider facilities, for more information send an email to email@example.com
- The overall athletic department GPA during 2017-18 was 3.04
- The 2018 Softball team finished 52-15 and has won 105 games over the last two years
- Coach Courtney Miller won her 1,000 game during the 2018 season
- Seminole State is hosting the NJCAA Region 8 Softball Tournament, May 2-5, 2019
- Seminole State Golf has finished in the top 3 in the Nation for the last 6 years including 2nd in 2018
- The 2018 Baseball team finished 24-26 including a 17-12 record at home
About the Seminole State Raiders: The Raider Athletics Department of Seminole State College was established in 1965 and initially led by Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach Joe Sterling. Seminole State now sponsors five sports all competing in the NJCAA Division I.
Both Baseball and Softball facilities are located on College Drive on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. For more about Raider Athletics, visit SeminoleStateRaiders.com, follow on Twitter: @buildingRaiders and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/buildingRaiders/.
Media contact: Kurt Esser, Director of Athletics, 407.708.2092, firstname.lastname@example.org