Tanner Hurley, a 10th-grader at Edgewater High School, is the No. 1-ranked Pokémon player in the world for the second year in a row.
Five summers ago, Hurley, along with the help of his family, turned his love for the famous Japanese card game into a summer camp to teach others how to hone their skills and catch them all.
Starting last year, Hurley has taken a leadership role in the camp.
Hurley has competed in the United States and other countries, like Brazil, Mexico, England, Costa Rica and Australia, for regional and world championships.
“In my childhood, I could never fathom traveling and seeing the world like my kids do playing a card game,” said Shannon Hurley, Tanner’s mother. “I could not even comprehend that happening to me.”
Most recently, Tanner competed at the European International Championship in Germany. He won for the second time, claiming the $5,000 cash prize.
The camp runs from June 10 through July 26 in Orlando. For details, call (321) 229-2190.