Beginning with just a handful of athletes in 1968 to more than 1,100 athletes in 2013, Northside ISD has been involved in Special Olympics for 45 years.
The annual Special Olympics Track & Field Meet will be held March 4-8 at Gustafson Stadium. Opening ceremonies begin each day at 10 a.m. with the Parade of Athletes, Torch Run, and lighting of the Special Olympics caldron. This year, opening ceremonies will feature a “Dance through the Ages” performed by Special Olympics athletes and supported by teachers, coaches, and members of the Special Olympics committee.
More than 94 schools will be participating over the five-day event, along with more than 375 student volunteers, 100 community and district volunteers, and peer volunteers from 29 campus buddy clubs.
“The Special Olympics experience is one to behold and warms the heart of all that attend,” says Nancy Smith, lead specialist for NISD Adapted Physical Education/Special Olympics. “This event is like no other in Northside and is an unforgettable experience.”
Competition events include the 50-meter dash, 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, softball throw, Turbojav, and standing long jump, along with wheelchair and developmental racing and throwing events.
Team trophies and awards will be presented at 1:10 p.m. each day during closing ceremonies.