May 1, 2023 - Webster Groves High School is one of 13 districts who hosted a Special Olympics Track & Field Meet this spring. During the event in April, students competed in relay races, shot put, 200 meter dash, and long jump.
“I love the Special Olympics because I love to play sports,” said Webster Groves High School senior student Alison Merriman. “This year, I’m participating in the long jump and relay race.”
To recognize Webster Groves’ efforts in partnering with the Special Olympics Sports program, the school received a certificate of appreciation from Special Olympics Missouri. Special Education Coordinator Joy Yowell says the honor is theirs. She believes it’s experiences like this that create long lasting memories for athletes.
“I have an older sister who graduated from Southview many years ago. She is in her forties now, and to this day, she still has her Special Olympics medal,” said Yowell. “That’s how important these events are to our students. For many of them, this is the highlight of their year. It is a memory they could potentially cherish for years and years down the line.”
Students from neighboring districts were present, including Kirkwood School District and Southview School. Junior student Cameron Bincent says he prioritizes exercise so he can stay in shape and compete to the best of his ability.
“I take walks everyday and also play running games with my friends outside to practice,” said Bincent. “It’s fun and that’s the best part.”
Along with track and field events, there were also carnival games for students to play. Other Special Olympic tournaments held throughout the year include bowling, basketball, bocce ball, soccer, volleyball, softball, and cornhole. The final track and field meet of the year will take place at Lafayette High School on May 12.
SSD’s Special Olympics hosts many events throughout the year. To review the schedule or learn how to participate, visit ssdmo.org/specialolympics.