Cypress Ranch Key Club has had a very special relationship with Special Olympics throughout the years. The club has been very busy this fall volunteering at Special Olympics events, both practices and competitions.
Kenzie Golladay, a member of the Cy Ranch Mustang swim team (and also a Key Club officer), used her skills to help with both swim practices and the Houston-area competition in October at the University of Houston. Regarding her help at the Cy-Fair ISD team’s twice-weekly practices, Kenzie says, “I love doing Special Olympics swimming because it gives me a way to connect and interact with the kids by doing something that I am good at and love.”
Volunteer coaches are in the water with our school district swimmers encouraging them and helping them learn different techniques and strokes to use in competition. Dozens of Key Club members worked the swim practices, all in the water alongside the athletes. Many volunteers were also Cy Ranch swimmers.
At the October competition, Key Club volunteers helped with everything from scoring to selling spirit items. Cheering the swimmers on helped make the day very memorable for the special needs athletes. Athletes and volunteers alike looked forward to the Awards Ceremony where the Special Olympics swimmers were awarded medals for their efforts. Kenzie stated, “It makes me so happy to see the smiles and excitement on their faces when they get to swim. They love swimming, and it touches my heart that I get to coach them and see the progress that they have made!”
Cy Ranch Key Club loved helping our Cy-Fair ISD swim team prepare for the Houston area competition and celebrate their success. Cy Ranch student and Special Olympics swimmer Dustyn Henson won two medals at the competition. He was excited to have Cy Ranch Key Club’s support at practices and at the swim meet. He proudly took pictures at the event with club members who had coached him and cheered him to victory.