We've got spirit, yes we do! We've got spirit, how bout you?!Come on, y’all, let’s hear it! We’ve got Special Olympics spirit!
We’re certain you have a few more cheers up your sleeves – prove us right and Volunteer to Cheer at two huge events this month in the Roanoke Valley. William Fleming High School will host 290 Middle and High School students and adults in Track and Field events at their new stadium on Thursday, April 19. Last April, Fleming’s entire student body was on hand to cheer on the athletes as the competed for a chance to attend the State Special Olympics Summer Games in Richmond. This year students from the school’s new National Honor Society will take the reins to help run the events and present the awards from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A 10:30 a.m. ceremony will highlight the Special Olympics athletes as they light the torch and recite the Oath—“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
Northside High School will host the Little Feet Meet for the third time on Tuesday, April 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More than 750 Young Athletes™ will compete in everything from the 25-meter walk/run and the tennis ball throw to the standing long jump and a special powerlifting competition. The Little Feet Meet has become a spring tradition at Northside. Students and faculty share in presenting this event that includes a special ceremony, beginning around 10:15 a.m. Expect very loud cheering as the Vikings erupt with excitement during the ceremonies, competitions and awards.
Both events need fans in the stands! Do you have what it takes? Sign up to Volunteer to Cheer at www.volunteer2cheer.com – and spend an hour or all morning with some of Special Olympics’ most endearing athletes.
The Special Olympics Young Athletes™ program is a developmentally appropriate play program for children with intellectual disabilities ages 2 through 7. In the past, athletes have had to wait until age 8 to enroll in Special Olympics, but thanks to community partners like the Public Schools in Roanoke County, Roanoke, Franklin, and Salem, Young Athletes™ programs have begun spreading across the state. The Little Feet Meet event has been a big hit attracting more than 1500 students, teachers and fans each year!
The Little Feet Meet will feature children enrolled in Preschool Programs for the Developmentally Delayed, as well as students from elementary special education classes in all the Roanoke Valley school districts. These youth will compete alongside and with the help of students without disabilities from their schools, who will serve as buddies.