The 47th annual NISD Special Olympics Track and Field Meet is scheduled for April 25 through April 29 at Gustafson Stadium.
The theme for this year’s competition is “Special Olympics: Bring Back the Funk!” It will include a retro look at Special Olympics through the years.
Special Olympics began in Northside ISD in 1969 with just a handful of participants. This year, more than 1,500 Olympians will participate from 110 schools across the District.
Opening ceremonies begin each day at 10 a.m. with the Parade of Athletes, Torch Run, and lighting of the Special Olympics caldron. Opening ceremonies will feature special entertainment to help pump up the athletes, including high school drum lines, ROTC Honor Guards, and dance groups.
In addition to the 110 schools participating over the five-day event, hundreds of student, community, and district volunteers will be on hand to support the athletes and cheer them on to victory.
“What you witness at Special Olympics is athletes pouring their hearts into each event,” says Donna Umhoefer, lead specialist for NISD Adapted Physical Education/Special Olympics. “Here you don’t see disabilities, you see champions.”
Competition events include the 50-meter dash, 100-meter dash, softball throw, Turbojav, and running long jump, along with wheelchair and developmental racing and throwing events.
· Monday, April 25: (Elementary schools competing)
· Tuesday, April 26: (Elementary schools competing)
· Wednesday, April 27: (Middle schools competing)
· Thursday, April 28: (High schools competing)
· Friday, April 29: (Reddix Center/ Holmgreen secondary students competing)
Team trophies and awards will be presented at 1:30 p.m. each day during closing ceremonies.