Ready, Set, Go
That was one of the many chants heard this morning at the Special Olympics Track Meet. Today, over 500 athletes from the lower Rio Grande valley set out to prove they are the best.
Berta Pena, Assistant Superintendent for BISD says, “This is a source of pride for Brownsville and the Brownsville Independent School District and this is the source of something that we look forward to because it gives all children an opportunity to showcase and give their all.”
And turnout was great, event organizers say that each year the community heads out to volunteer. And this year was no exception.
“They feel triumphant at the end. They feel like they have competed and won. They many times do not have the opportunity to be in athletics,” says Pena.
Some say benefits for the athletes include exercise, socializing and most importantly, whether they win or lose it is to have fun.
Special Olympics Athlete Coach, Rafael Salinas, states, “These kids are not different from anyone else. It is part of our community so we need to support them.”
Q: And how did your kids do?
“So far we won first place,” says Salinas.
Parent Romaldo Ortiz says, “We come here to support our son and he goes to Porter High School.”
Q:How do you feel about him today?
“Very proud, we won the gold medal first place,” says Ortiz.
Some parents at the event say the accomplishments these athletes are an inspiration to