Spe­cial Ed track meet

Serve Daily - - INSIDE - By Ed Helmick

SPAN­ISH FORK — This event has been called the “Su­per Star Track Meet” be­cause the par­tic­i­pants are all spe­cial needs stu­dents with phys­i­cal, de­vel­op­men­tal, be­hav­ioral/emo­tional dis­or­ders, or sen­sory im­pair­ment chal­lenges and each gives their own star­ring per­for­mance.

The spe­cial needs stu­dents in the third grade through the ninth grade from all the ele­men­tary schools in the Nebo School Dis­trict are bused to Maple Moun­tain High School. The stu­dents are paired with a high school ath­lete and P.E. stu­dents to as­sist them through the var­i­ous track events. The Su­per Star Track Meet held on the morn­ing of May 3 was the 8th an­nual event.

The event started with a 50-me­ter dash and was fol­lowed by a 100-me­ter run and a 400-me­ter run. Other field events in­cluded stand­ing long jump, a high jump, and a soft­ball throw.

The con­clud­ing event was a 400-me­ter wheelchair race. This year’s 2018 Su­per Star Track Meet in­volved over 250 spe­cial needs par­tic­i­pants. It was a fun day for these kids, with a lot of happy faces and hand wav­ing. Each par­tic­i­pant re­ceived a medal to hang around their neck with pride in the ac­com­plish­ments of the day.

One spe­cial fea­ture of this day was a Live at Eleven Fox 13 tele­vi­sion broad­cast with Big Bu­dah. His in­ter­ac­tion with the kids was great and it was ob­vi­ous he loves to make peo­ple laugh. He got our spe­cial needs ath­letes to do a sports cheer that was fun for all to see.

Photos: Ed Helmick

Above: The start of the 50-me­ter dash. Below: Chan­nel 13's Big Bu­dah with Su­per Stars.

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