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Anthony Ferraro-Paralympic Journey

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I was contacted by the USA Judo team in early 2017 to begin training for the 2020 Tokyo ParaOlympics. USA Judo only funds a small percentage of the journey. I am responsible for getting myself to all the tournaments, practicing clubs and coaching sessions as well as funding their expense. 

My goal of $10,000 will support all travel for 2019. 

I will use this to purchase plane tickets, hotel expenses, training clubs, coaching sessions, private gyms, healthy food & lots of water :)

My Father has been an incredible support on this journey financially. I would like to start lightening his burden as well. 

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Sport: Paralympic Judo

Height: 5’ 8”  Weight: 73 kg                                                        

DOB:  03/24/1995              

Residence: Spring Lake, New Jersey

Disability: Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis (B1)   

Email: A@ASFvision.com

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Personal Profile:   

Anthony attended St. Lucy Day School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Philadelphia from Kindergarten through 6th grade. In seventh grade, Anthony transitioned to his local elementary school and started wrestling.  He attended St. John Vianney High School, in Holmdel, New Jersey where he excelled in wrestling for four years.  After graduation, he went on to wrestle for the College of New Jersey.
 

Anthony started judo training in January 2017 to fulfill his dream of representing the United States at the 2020, Tokyo Paralympic Games.  His judo training consists of at least five workouts per week at the Shore Thing, in Lakewood, New Jersey, and at Oishi Judo and Renzo Gracie Fight Academy in New York City. He is currently ranked the number one 73 Kg. Paralympic Judo athlete in the United States.    


In 2012, the documentary filmmaker Christopher Suchorsky began interviewing and filming Anthony’s wrestling journey and life story. This film ultimately became known as “A Shot in the Dark”.  The film had its world premiere at the 26th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival in October 2017 and is soon scheduled for release.  The film is now available to the public and a link can be found at Anthony's website asfvision.com


Anthony is an accomplished guitar player and motivational speaker.  He supports himself by playing music at various dinner clubs and at selected social engagements and by speaking engagements throughout the country.  In his spare time, he enjoys reading, music and the outdoors.


Best Results/Participation at 73 Kg:
Gold - 2018 USA Judo, National Championships for Blind & Visually Impaired, Round Rock, Texas
Bronze - 2018 International Grand Prix Infraero, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Bronze - 2018 German Open for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Heidelberg, Germany
Double Silver - 2018 New Jersey Open (Able-bodied Event) Black Belt Division and Brown Belt Division.
Gold - 2017 USA Judo, Presidents Cup, Irving, Texas
Gold - 2017 Princeton Invitational. Princeton, New Jersey (Able-bodied Event)
Gold - 2017 Keystone Games, York, Pennsylvania (Able-bodied Event)
Gold - 2017 East Coast Judo Championships, Statin Island, New York (Able-bodied Event)
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Hello everyone!!!

Thank you again for the support leading up to my World Championships in Portugal! There is an article giving a good recap of the event and my results - from the Asbury Park Press - linked on my website asfvision.com

Next stop on the tournament journey is Germany at the end of March 2019! Keep a close eye on the journey at my Instagram @asfvision

Thank you all again!
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