EL PASO (KTSM) — It was a day fun and competition for hundreds of special needs children in El Paso.
About 900 students took part in track and field events at Socorro ISD’s annual James Butler Spring Games on Wednesday.
Erin Anchondo, who has cerebral palsy, is a senior at Montwood High School. She has been competing in the games for six years and on Wednesday, she won first place.
Her mother said it's a way for her daughter to be a regular kid.
"It’s a sense of accomplishment and pride. A lot of the kiddos here are not able to participate in regular sports and this just gives her such a feeling of joy. Kids with disabilities… they're just children and they need to be a part of everything else, just like everybody else," said mother Patricia Anchondo.
For the first year, Special Olympics Texas teamed with the district to put on the games. It will consider participants athletes in training for Special Olympics Texas