This past month the East Ridge High School Knights hosted the first ever Special Olympics Culminating Event. The event was similar to a field day for these students and was a terrific day for everyone involved. These kids deserve every opportunity as the rest of us and on this day everyone was equal!
The East Ridge High Access Team and General Education students did an incredible job. The event was something that these kids will remember for the rest of their life. Events included Soccer, running, hula hooping, tug of war and corn hole! It warmed everyone’s hearts to see everyone competing as one and having so much fun.
At the end of the day this event was all about having fun and these kids certainly had fun! There was even a cookout and drinks provided to all the students participating in the wonderful event. The State Championship winning Boys Soccer team joined in the festivities, as did the Peer Buddies, and Unified Track joined in the fun.
All students, parents and faculty had a great day playing all the games, eating the delicious food provided and they received awards at the end of the day as well. This was a truly special day for all these kids and we want to commend everyone who made it possible to give such an incredible day of competition and memories to these kids.
Unified sports and Special Olympic events are becoming bigger in our area. In fact the Tavares Unified Flag Football team won the FHSAA State Championship this season. Be on the lookout for how you can volunteer for activities such as these and if you know of someone who may want to participate in them, just ask your local school systems if programs such as Special Olympic events are offered in your area.
Congratulations to all the student-athletes who participated and we hope that this becomes an annual event at East Ridge High School!