Staley Middle School

Special Olympics Athletes Compete in Track and Field Skills Showcase

Jun 05, 2014

Fowler Student Walks in ParadeFrisco ISD staff members weren’t going to let bad weather keep Special Olympics athletes from showing off their skills in track and field.

A total of 60 students from Centennial, Frisco, Liberty, Lone Star and Wakeland high schools, as well as Fowler and Staley middle schools, participated in a Special Olympics Skills Showcase on Wednesday, May 14 at Centennial High School.

An event previously scheduled in Carrollton-Farmers Branch had to be cancelled due to the weather.

Before the games began, students participated in a parade around track, carrying signs and accepting high-fives and encouragement from Centennial students and staff. 

Coach Erin Carlisle organized the event and invited the whole school to show their support for the athletes. Students and teachers waved pom-poms and lined the bleachers and track to cheer on the competitors.

Partners PE helpers and Teen Leadership students assisted with running each of the events.

Special Olympics athletes participated in the following:

  • 200 Meter Dash
  • 100 Meter Dash
  • 50 Meter Dash
  • Free For All
  • 50 Meter Walk
  • 25 Meter Walk
  • Motorized Wheelchair
  • Wheelchair Race
  • Softball Throw
  • Tennis Ball Throw
  • Standing Long Jump
  • Running Long Jump

Following the competition, each student received a participation certificate and T-shirt.

“The event was such a great success and CHS students and staff were incredible,” said FISD adapted physical education teacher Natalie McPhail. “We hope to host future Special Olympic events around the District in the future.”

CHS Teachers Assist Andy Welbourne

Staley Middle School Team Competitors Run in Special Olympics Showcase