Webster hosted a Special Olympics for students with disabilities on Tuesday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Moss Field.
WGHS started holding the Special Olympics for the junior class to host and run years ago, and it has been a tradition ever since.
Evyn Spencer, PE teacher, one of the main organizers of the event responded via email prior to the event, “I hope everyone who comes has a great time, and the athletes do their best! I am trying to accomplish an overall positive atmosphere that is a day to remember for all students involved.”
Twenty- two Special School District (SSD) athletes will participate from the high school itself and over 100 others came in from different schools and competed in the multiple events which included, running events (200m, 25m, 50m, 100m, multiple low motor and wheelchair races, and the 4×100 relays), throwing events including softball throw, assisted softball throw, tennis ball throw, and turbo javelin, and lastly some standing and running long jump events.
The junior class ran this event throughout the day. Each student was buddied up with an athlete to help and support, host the different activities, and work in the Olympic Village where there were games for athletes to enjoy when not competing.
Some juniors also helped out at the rainbow section, this area was for children kindergarten to second grade, all being under eight years old. They participated in running, jumping and throwing activities organized solely by the juniors running the event.
This will be Dakota Motley’s first year on ECHO staff. They also made several contributions while taking journalism class their junior year.