Athletes from throughout Atascosa County and the surrounding area will gather at Jourdanton Indian Stadium this Friday, May 10, for the Atascosa- McMullen Cooperative Special Olympics Track meet. There will be 12 schools attending, whose athletes will compete in various running and field events.
The public is invited to attend the annual event and cheer on the students.
The festivities will kick off with the Law Enforcement Torch Run starting at approximately 9 a.m. at the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office in Jourdanton. The Flame of Hope, the official torch for the Special Olympics, will travel from the Sheriff’s Office Department parking lot to Indian Stadium.
Torch bearers will make a lap around the football field, with the opening ceremonies scheduled to begin at approximately 9:45 a.m.
This year’s Grand Marshals are Audrey and Kevin McCleary of the Spread Kindness for M and T non-profit organization. Their mission is to continue their children’s legacy of kindness with community service, support for other non-profits, and promoting purposeful acts of kindness every day.
The schools will be introduced during the Parade of Champions, followed by the Color Guard presentation, singing of the National Anthem, prayer and Olympic oath.
Then it will be time to let the games begin!
In conjunction with the Special Olympics, the Atascosa-McMullen Cooperative Team has invited South Texas agencies to be part of their Community Resource Fair. The fair will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Indian Stadium, where agencies will share information about supports and services that are available to students with disabilities. Over 20 agencies will be in attendance. Students, whose parents participate in the resource fair, will be entered into a drawing for a prize.
If you would like to donate toward the Special Olympics event or volunteer, please contact Michelle Gonzales at 830- 569-1355, ext. 3027.
Those with questions on the Resource Fair may contact the transition team: Leslie Dowdy, Sandra McAda or Maggie Robertson at 830-569- 1355.