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Getting high school athletes onto college campus and into games with college and adult players can be pervasive with PPS H20, the Olympic Sports Division and the All-City Sports Camps.[]

PPS students won't miss high school sports as much if they are competing in community and college sports. Greater coordination is needed to make these experiences a priority.

Example 1: The Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (ECCC) now incorporates high school students into its races. Previously juniors (high school students) were required to race for teams that held USA Cycling High School club licenses, and there are none in PPS. New for 2014, full time high school students are permitted to race in the ECCC with simply a USAC Juniors license. They get to compete as an integral part of the collegiate field. There are 25 high quality juniors races throughout the northeast US in in March and April including feature road races, downtown crits, team time trials, hill climbs and individual time trials.

Cycling has been a Summer Dreamers activity for PPS students for many years.


A number of great young cyclists, local companies, support institutions and facilities are in Pittsburgh.

Example 2: In water polo, the USA Olympic Development Program and Masters Tournaments are open to high school students.

Grant Rauterkus, Obama 10th grader, played a 3-day tournament, January 17-19, 2014, at Penn State University and his team, the Hawks, beat Penn State, Penn State Alumni, VMI (Virginia Military), and Johns Hopkins. In 2013, Grant played games against Ohio State, Notre Dame, ARMY, CMU, Pitt, Grove City, Ball State, Cincinnati, and W&J.

USA Water Polo's ODP program has competitions by school grades. His team of 9th and 10th graders in the Northeast Zone has players from Andover Prep (MA), Greenwich (CT), and Annapolis, (MD). He gets to travel to Dallas to play other zone teams from around the nation this spring. Last year the competition was in Las Vegas.

Swim and Water Polo Camps have been a part of PPS Summer Dreamers for five years.

Example 3: In the sport of Triathlon at the Club National Championships at Myrtle Beach, SC, in October 2012, a PPS high school athlete competed in the elite division Triathlon getting third. In the summer of 2013, a Mt. Lebanon high school athlete competed with the USA Triathlon team in the United Kingdom. He is a high school swimmer this season again. In the July 2013, at recent North Allegheny graduate went to Brazil for a Triathlon with Team USA.

Example 4: In the May 2013 Pittsburgh Marathon, Sam Lapp, a swimmer, soccer player and IB music student from Obama competed the race. In 2012 he did the half in 1:42. In 2013 he finished in 3:28. He runs now for the club team at Penn State.

Example 5: In the city's first Liberty Mile, August 2012, a PPS student and staff member for the Swim & Water Polo Camp won the Just for Fun race. In the past two years, 70+ participants from Summer Dreamers competed and more than five got medals for their age group finishes.