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Land o' Lakes Unified Soccer Team

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The USA Unified soccer team from Land o' Lakes, Florida has played together for years -- and their hard work paid off as a USA team at the World Games in 2015.

It's a diverse team, with dedicated athletes and unified teammates – and a very proud coach. Vicky King says, "All these years, they’ve learned so much about each other – and are friends on the court, in the cafeteria –even at the mall.”

Unified teammates include Cameron Hilgenberg, who's been playing Unified Sports since he was 12 years old. Now in college, Cameron still comes back to play and practice with his Unified soccer teammates. Even though he plays on his college baseball team, Cameron says that training can't beat his Unified soccer workout. Plus it's not as much fun.

"Playing unified is never dull, there's always something entertaining going on," he says. The team laughs a lot and enjoys hanging out together.

Their teamwork has led them to four state titles in a row!

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