Romeo Capell (Coach Mayo) was born in Bogota, Colombia and was then adopted into a family that moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Fresno, CA in 1982. He was born with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita which has affected the limbs and the joint tissues in the lower half of his body. In 1994 Romeo moved to Davis, CA to attend the University of California at Davis. It was here that he found a love for gymnastics. He joined the recreational gymnastics team in 1995 and over the course of the next 4 years, he found himself not only competing on the parallel bars, pommel horse and rings against able-bodied competitors, but found himself coaching able bodied gymnasts as well. He learned to adapt the sport to his strengths and found ways to accommodate his skillset to meet the needs of the team. At the same time, he worked as a graphic designer at a small software company in Davis that rendered 3D animated versions of gymnastics skills.
In 2000, Coach Mayo moved to Sacramento to attend Sacramento State University to further his education and work towards a degree in graphic design. He met some local athletes and his eyes were opened to a myriad of disabled sports. While volunteering for a Sacramento-based disabled athletics program called Access Leisure, Coach Mayo found his love for sports and coaching. He helped with numerous programs such as: handcycling, youth basketball, tennis, adult recreational basketball and various water sports (kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, waterskiing).
For the past 15 years, Coach Mayo has competed in recreational basketball ball and in 2013 to 2014 he found himself on a National Championship level wheelchair basketball team, The Sacramento Royals. He has also risen in the ranks of wheelchair tennis from the “C” levels up to the “A” levels and has been competing in tennis tournaments in singles and doubles for the past 8 years.
Wanting to give back to the community that has given him so much over the years, Coach Mayo joined the board of a Sacramento Non-Profit called TIES in 2007. He has served as both Treasurer and Secretary and has helped this non-profit grow and become one of the only organizations to start up a USTA Sanctioned UP/Down League (a tennis league where a you have doubles tennis where one person is standing and the other is sitting)
In 2011 Coach Mayo joined Ability First. He felt that all of his sporting and coaching experiences has led him to this wonderful organization. Coach Mayo feels that it’s very important to use sports as a way to provide a stepping stone towards larger goals in life as well as maintaining a level of physical ability as one gets older.
Currently, Coach Mayo lives in Davis, CA and works for UCDavis in the Animal Science Department as a Network Systems and Infastructure Administration – Professional 2.