Lovejoy ISD Hosted Special Olympics Spring Games
On Apr. 12, 2019, Lovejoy ISD hosted the Greater Dallas Area 10 Special Olympics Spring Games. Sancy Fuller, LISD Executive Director of Special Education and Academic Support, said they were expecting 1,400 athletes to participate in the games. 25 school districts, plus different Special Olympic delegations were represented.
Athletes participated in track and field competitions as well as a tennis ball throw. The event was scheduled to be a two day event, but due to impending inclement weather, the events on Apr. 13 were cancelled.
Fuller explained why Special Olympics are important to her, “It is a great opportunity for the athletes to showcase their talent. It exhibits and promotes a healthy lifestyle and allows the ability to be around fellow athletes and friends.”
Colin Wilkins, an eight year old who attends Lovejoy Elementary School, participated in the non-motorized wheelchair race. Aaron Wilkins is Colin’s father and shared his thoughts about Special Olympics, “We love it! He gets excited and understands what is going on.
Thadd Eason, a 12 year old who attends Sloan Creek Intermediate School, participated in the 50 meter race. His mother, Lori Eason said, “Special Olympics are amazing. It is such a great way to celebrate our kids.”
Bella Aguilar, a fourth grader at Lovejoy Elementary School, earned first place in the tennis ball throw. Her mother, Karina Aguilar said, “Special Olympics are great for Bella. She feels she has the opportunity to do something like her friends.”
Jamie Staats is a second grade Special Education teacher at Lovejoy Elementary School. She has attended each Special Olympic event this year that Lovejoy has competed in. Regarding what Special Olympics means to her students she said, “It means the world to them that they get to do things their peers get to do. We work on these events every day in adaptive P.E.”
Awards were presented during an awards ceremony by local police officers while the athletes stood on the Olympic podium.