BURLESON (CBSDFW.COM) – With 19 area school districts represented, the 25th annual Spring Meet gave kids with special needs a chance to compete and know what it feels like to win Tuesday.
“They get a self-satisfaction, a sense of accomplishment and camaraderie,” said Donnie Crittenden, deputy physical education teacher in Burleson. “They get out of the classroom and out with their peers and having fun.”
And they certainly got out of the classroom: After the opening parade, t-ball, obstacle courses, soccer, bowling and foot races awaited the 500 kids who attended.
Jennifer Blair, mother of 8-year-old Jedidiah, said the special day, organized by Burleson ISD, made her son feel like he can do anything.
“They really get to bond together and cheer for each other and experience something other than the classroom and not trying to assimilate to regular life,” Blair said.
And 12-year-old Chloe Goss mirrored those feelings, saying she loved the day of sports and fun.
“I like basketball, soccer, football. I like that. I like sports,” Goss said.
Chloe’s parents said it was not only a great day for the kids, but also for the adults who draw strength from the annual event.
“It’s inspirational,” said Shaun Goss. “We don’t feel like we’re alone in this town, all these people coming together it really makes us feel great.”
Organizers said they aimed to make every child feel like winners. That’s why they all had gold medals draped around their necks leaving the field.