Unity, Inclusion Highlight Big Feet Meet
In this track meet, the most important measurables aren’t time, speed & distance. They are unity, inclusion and fun.
On a sun-splashed morning, the 2017 Big Feet Meet featured Special Olympic athletes and able-bodied classmates from their high school working together to compete in a series of track & field events. More than 400 participants representing all ten Henrico County High Schools came to Highland Springs High School Tuesday to enjoy events such as shot put, turbo javelin, softball throw and long jump, as well as the 50 and 100 meter dash. An “Olympic Village” featured a variety of outdoor activities and games.
More than 100 volunteers, many of them students from Highland Springs High School, helped facilitate the stations and encouraged the participants.
“I think the event went really well today! The weather was beautiful and every athlete had a smile on their face today, and that is really the main goal of this event,” said Maggie McFadden, Academic Coordinator for the Center for Sport Leadership.
“Our event would not have been possible without the hard work and guidance of Aly Truesdale of Special Olympics Virginia, the organization and availability of Dalida Ghoussoub from Highland Springs, our volunteers, our classmates and finally the generous donations we received,” said Dani Ellis, CSL graduate student and part of the group who organized the event. Thanks to sponsorships and gifts, the VCU Center for Sport Leadership made a donation of $952.20 to the Special Olympics of Virginia.
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