Students Complete Successful Year of Special Olympics Competition

Cypress, TX (June 30, 2016) CFISD’s 2015-2016 Special Olympics season concluded on May 7 with the area track and field meet at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory.

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Jacob Schnoover and Lauren Wiginton; Carson Cocales and Coach Kevin Erb

CFISD’s Special Olympics athletes and coaches who competed in swimming, volleyball, bowling, basketball and track in 2015-2016 celebrated a successful year with an all-sports awards banquet on May 21 at Cypress Falls High School.

Approximately 80-100 CFISD student athletes participated in Special Olympics throughout the year.

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Ross Hall with his bowling medal; Richie Costa

“The athletes always work so hard at practices and competitions, and have great attitudes. I am so proud of them,” said Darci Garcia, Hopper Middle School adaptive PE teacher and district Special Olympics coordinator. “We also have awesome coaches, several of whom have been involved in Special Olympics for many years.”

In order to participate in CFISD’s Special Olympics programs, students must be at least 8 years old, be diagnosed with an intellectual disability or significant cognitive delay and be enrolled in a CFISD school.

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Coach Jesse “Jay” Guerro with Skyler Lindemann

Each sport season culminates with an area competition, where the district’s athletes compete against other delegations in the Houston area.

Additional information can be found on the Special Olympics page of the district website at http://www.cfisd.net/en/parents-students/academics/special-education/special-olympics/.

Courtesy of the District