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Three North Texas area schools recently competed in the Secondary Meet in the Middle Unified Sports Day at Rider High School. The competition began with Opening Ceremonies, featuring the Rider JROTC, Rider Band and cheerleaders. Unified Partners and a SOTX athlete read inspiring personal essays of what Meet in the Middle means to them. SOTX athletes from Rider High School partnered with the Rider Student Council and football team; athletes from Kirby Junior High School paired up with general education students (peer mentors); and SOTX athletes from Burkburnett Middle School teamed up with their PALS group for a bocce battle and individual skills flag football.
Students from two Wichita Falls I.S.D. campuses met at Cunningham Elementary to compete in the Elementary Meet in the Middle Unified Sports Day. SOTX athletes and Unified Partners participated in an array of field day activities, including the football shuttle run, duck fishing, ring toss, bubble obstacle course, the water gun pinwheel blaster, spot shot basketball and the tricycle race. Athletes were awarded patriotic hats, bracelets and sun glasses, as well as a Star Medal.
Meet in the Middlers at Rider High were treated to free admission and reserved seating at the school’s basketball game. The players rewarded them with mini basketballs and high fives as they walked into the locker room at halftime. The MiM group was even recognized at during halftime and also got to shoot around during the half. As if that weren’t enough to brighten their entire school year, the students received a "goodie" bag from the basketball team.
About Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect. SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 58,800 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. To learn more, visit www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646. Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX; youtube.com/specialolympicstexas.