Special Olympics Kicks Off in Brownsville

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A sigh of relief for some parents across the country as President Trump announces that Special Olympics will continue to be funded. This after controversy surrounding budget cuts proposed earlier this week.

It is an event like no other. Inspiring, uplifting and proof that hard work and determination have no boundaries. This morning the Special Olympics of Texas take place in Brownsville. Where hundreds gather to support local athletes in the regional event.

Sylvia Hatton, Interim superintendent – Brownsville ISD says, “Every child has gifts and has talent. This is an opportunity like all other athletic events to showcase the unique gifts and talents of our Special Needs students.

They’re champions simply by participating. Overcoming various obstacles and becoming a source of inspiration.

Sergio Zarate – Order of the Alhambra, “Show what they can do and not talk about what disability holds them back.”

An event like sends a positive message to the local community. It promotes exercise, increases the athlete’s social skills and helps them enjoy a competitive meet. This year the event gets a bit larger with Brownsville and surrounding areas participating.

“We have over 600 students from our school district, but also our neighboring districts.” Says the superintendent.

Friends and family cheer from the sidelines. They tell us it’s not always about coming in first. Win or lose the experience alone will be one the children will cherish for a lifetime.

“In the last couple of days there was talks of cutting funding to the Special Olympics. How could we even think of doing that? We’re here to support and we’re here to support Special Olympics.” Says Zarate.

Some of the winners for today’s event will advance to next round, where they will compete against the best in the state.

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