POSTED: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 8:42am
UPDATED: Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 10:58am
SOCORRO, TX - "Doesn't matter who wins," Benny said.
It was Benny's third time to compete in the James Butler Spring Games, a preparation for the Special Olympics in May.
"100 meter, relays and long jump," Benny said.
But, he said it's not about winning a medal.
"To run and cheer for everybody," Benny said.
Vanessa said this is one of her favorite times of the year because running is one of her favorite hobbies.
"I like running with my friends and we always hang out in school," Vanessa said.
Today's event featured close to 200 races and Coach Bobby Lucero says this is all about making the kids shine.
"We don't look at their disabilities we look at their abilities to perform and this is the perfect place, perfect setting," Lucero said.
Students practice for months.
"We always practice at school. We practice the rally and stuff," Lucero said.
And the pay off is priceless.
"That race right there, for that kid to do one whole lap that the self esteem is there because he's doing something that people don't really see him doing. In our hearts we say they can do it, they can do anything," Lucero said.
Vanessa says while she likes to win, she likes seeing how happy everyone is to cross the finish line.
"I cheer them on so they can win the race," Vanessa said.