The VCU Center for Sport Leadership, in collaboration with Special Olympics Virginia will host the 2017 Big Feet Meet for Henrico County Schools. This annual event, sponsored by Special Olympics Virginia, promotes the organization’s mission to create friendships, demonstrate courage and develop physical fitness for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The event will be held at Highland Springs High School on April 18th from 10:00-1:00 PM.
“This is the 4th year that Special Olympics Virginia has partnered with VCU’s Center for Sport Leadership to provide this extraordinary event for Henrico County high school students with and without disabilities,” said Aly Truesdale, James River Region Director for Special Olympics Virginia. “We are excited to be hosted by Highland Springs High School this year, where we will offer a variety of track & field events for students in grades 9-12. There will also be an opening ceremony with lighting of the torch by our Henrico County law enforcement and Olympic Town area for additional games and activities. This event is important for students and school communities to encourage social inclusion, foster respect, and build lasting friendships among people of all ability levels.”
With over 400 high school students expected to participate, the Big Feet Meet will offer a range of track & field events. Participants will have be the opportunity to compete in field events such as; shot put, turbo javelin, softball throw and long jump, as well as track events 50 and 100 meter dash. The event will also feature an “Olympic Town” village that will offer a wide variety of outdoor activities and games.
Over 100 Highland High School students, as well as Center for Sport Leadership graduate students will be volunteering to assist with the event. As a part of Special Olympics: Project UNIFY, the event seeks to create a day of fun, collaboration and unification between students who may not spend time together in his/her classes. This inclusive model thus provides youth with and without intellectual disabilities the opportunity to train together, for friendships and foster respect for each other.