STEPHENVILLE (March 21, 2018)– Stephenville ISD will host its second annual Special Olympics tomorrow beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Lem Brock field. Sixty-three athletes will compete in track and field events such as softball throwing, a mini javelin through, 50-meter wheelchair slalom and more.
“This year we have athletes from Stephenville, Dublin, Lipan, Lingleville, Hico and Rock House,” Stephenville ISD Special Olympics Coordinator and special education ARD coordinator at Chamberlin Elementary Sabrina Carter said. “These athletes are ages eight to 21 years and have cognitive or developmental disabilities.”
This year the Special Olympics coordinated with Tarleton State University and over 150 students will volunteer at the event as part of Tarleton’s annual Service Day. Other community members have donated time and money as well.
“Athletes that participate on Thursday will get a free t-shirt and drawstring backpack with freebies from generous donors in our community like Tarleton and Texas Legacy Insurance and many others. The Day Lions’ Club provides lunch to volunteers and athletes, and Stephenville Rotary Club provides snacks and water.”
Carter and Stephenville ISD superintendent Underwood began this program to meet the need for leisure and recreational activities for special needs students. Carter coaches the athletes in bocce and track and field throughout the year. They practice every week after school.
“My favorite part of the day is the opportunity given to each athlete to show their abilities and bravery,” Carter said. “The day focuses on what each athlete can do.”