Stu­dents shine at Nebo Su­per­stars Track & Field Day

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By David Makin

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.

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