Fort Bliss Special Olympics team prepares for upcoming competition
POSTED: Friday, April 26, 2013 - 10:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 26, 2013 - 10:31pm
Fort Bliss, TX (KTSM) — Every Saturday until April 27, the Fort Bliss Special Olympics team holds 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. practices at the Mitchell W. Stout Physical Fitness Center track here.
The team is preparing for the upcoming meet, May 4, at Burgess High School, where they will be showcasing their abilities with other exceptional children from different parts of Texas.
A Special Olympics meet includes events such as sprinting distances ranging from 25 to 200 meters, broad jump, long jump, softball, shot-put and javelin throw.
Special Olympics began in Texas in 1969 within the recreation division of the Texas Association for Retarded Citizens.
The Fort Bliss Special Olympics started at Fort Bliss with the coaches being trained in late January, attending People-care’s track practice in February and started holding practices in early March.
The coaching staff for the Fort Bliss Special Olympics team is comprised of Soldiers that happily volunteer to work with the children.
“I’m glad to have this opportunity to volunteer because I love children,” said Sgt. 1st Class Regina M. Crump-Haddon, 80th Civil Affairs Battalion. I know they appreciate my help because they show it through their determination to get better.”
Cpt. Robert Jahn, 11th Air Defense Artillery said, “I’m glad that Fort Bliss has created an outlet for Exceptional Family Member Program (members) which allows them to come in and participate.”
“Since this started, we’re all here to help the kids have fun,” said 1st Lt. Michael Duncan, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division.