Students shine at Nebo Superstars Track & Field Day
On May 4, Maple Mountain High School and Nebo District Special Education held their annual Nebo Superstars Track and Field Day for students with special needs. This event provides an opportunity for special needs students to participate in athletic events and be honored for their abilities and effort.
Athletes from Maple Mountain served as buddies and mentors during the events, which included 50-, 100-, 200and 400-meter races, a 400-meter wheel chair race, the long jump, the high jump and a softball throw.
Nebo School District Special Education Director J. Lynn Jones said, “I loved seeing high school students “buddy up” with our elementary and junior high special needs students. I saw a lot of determined competitors and mostly great smiles. Special thanks to Dave Boyack, Darrell Wyatt and all of the students from Maple Mountain High School for making this possible.”
Dave Boyack, Maple Mountain High athletic director, proposed starting an annual meet and is responsible for its planning. “This was a great opportunity for the kids at Maple Mountain High P.E. and athletic departments to serve these incredible kids in Nebo School District. It is exciting to see the smiles on the faces of the participants, parents and teachers,” he said.
This is such a fantastic opportunity for both Maple Mountain athletes as well as special needs students to shine. A favorite of all is the wheelchair 400-meter race. It seems to get bigger each year. This year was fantastic as we were joined by students from our medically fragile unit who definitely dominated the event.
Now that it’s over we’re already planning for next year.