On Monday, April 23, 2018, Lancaster ISD students will compete in the upcoming 2018 Special Olympics Track meet at Beverly D. Humphrey Tiger Stadium located at 200 E. Wintergreen Road in Lancaster, TX.
More than 70 students in the District’s Special Education Program have been preparing for the annual event, hosted by the Lancaster ISD Special Education Department. Lancaster ISD students in the second through twelfth grades will compete against students from Grand Prairie ISD, Ferris, ISD Terrell ISD, Waxahachie ISD, and Uplift Charter School, with hopes of bringing home gold medals and Special Olympics bragging rights.
“Special Olympics is something our students look forward to each year,” Adaptive Physical Education Teacher and Special Olympics Coordinator Eddie Bratton said. “Our teachers and students have been preparing to compete this semester to represent Lancaster ISD well. I am excited to host our District meet and look forward to our students showcasing their talents and resiliency.”
Students will showcase their skills in several different running and field events throughout the day, which will include the shot-put throw and long jump. The popular 100-meter yard dash will be an open event and one race that Lancaster High School Junior, Travis Pierre is looking forward to competing in again this year.
“I won first place last year and won a gold medal. It was excellent,” Pierre said. “This year, people are going to see me run again and I run fast.”
The Special Olympics meet begins at 9:45 AM with the opening ceremony. The program will include remarks from Lancaster ISD Superintendent Elijah Granger, City of Lancaster Mayor Marcus E. Knight, and the running of the Special Olympic Torch, which will feature all of the meet participants as they proceed around the track in unison before the start of the first race.