The Belton ISD Special Olympics basketball team is gearing up for a season of competition and companionship.
“Our kids want to be like anybody else, so you just have to let them have fun,” said Karri Brashear, a parent.
This is the first year the district is offering a Special Olympics basketball season.
“We’re always looking for more volunteers, more athletes,” said Lauren Marx, a Belton ISD adaptive physical education teacher.
Volunteers do not need to have any coaching training or special skills. The ideal volunteers simply need to have a passion for helping our youth.
“It makes my heart full, and I enjoy doing it so much,” said Kendall Olson, a student volunteer.
The Special Olympics crew at Belton ISD will soon be starting a track program in the spring, and bowling in the fall.
“I love seeing the athletes and the participants form bonds together. I love parents having smiles on their face when they can see what their student can do. They don’t always have these opportunities to be on a team or compete against other teams,” said Marx.
The program is open to Belton ISD students ages eight and up.
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