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Monday, April 11, 2011

Groups Sponsor Special Olympics Area Track Meet

The Mansfield ISD Athletics Department and the Mansfield ISD All Stars teamed up to sponsor the first invitational track meet for Special Olympics groups throughout the Greater Fort Worth Area.

The event was held on Saturday, April 2 at Timberview High School. Of the 113 competitors, 23 were Mansfield ISD students. Over 85 volunteer athletes from all four Mansfield ISD  high schools and several middle schools assisted by running with the competitors and offering encouragement. 

The event was also supported by Kirk Thor, MISD Assistant Athletic Director, Coach Mark Walker, Athletic Coordinator from Timberview High School and several other middle and high school coaches who helped make sure the event ran smoothly. 

The Special Olympics competitors and the Mansfield ISD volunteer athletes enjoyed the experience that allowed them to learn and be inspired by one another. 

Congratulations to the Mansfield ISD All Stars on a successful event!

The mission of the All Stars is to provide year-round sports training, education and athletic competition in a variety of sports for children with intellectual disabilities. The organization was started in 1986 by Harriet Kaker and Maurie James, with the help of Imogene Gideon and the MISD Director of Special Education at that time. The team has grown from having only six athletes and two coaches, to now having over 75 athletes and 20 coaches. 

If you are interested in volunteering with the Special Olympics or the Mansfield ISD All Stars, please contact Joan Hart, or visit the website.
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