The Breckenridge Special Olympic team competed in the Spring games held Saturday, May 3, on the campus of Abilene Christian University in Abilene.
This year is the second year that Breckenridge has had competitors attend the event.
Competing in the meet were BHS freshman Rachel Craft, BJHS eighth-grader Brittnee Wright and BJHS seventh-grader Jesus Arellano.
Craft took gold in the softball throw and silver in the 100-meter walk, while Wright earned a gold medal in the 50-meter walk and a bronze medal in the softball throw.
Arellano earned a silver medal in both the softball throw and the 50-meter dash.
This year’s competition marked the second year that Craft and Wright competed in the games, while Arellano experienced the games for the first time.
The Special Olympics spring games were held Saturday, May 3, in Abilene. Participating in the event was front row, (l to r), Jesus Arellano and Brittnee
The Special Olympics spring games were held Saturday, May 3, in Abilene. Participating in the event was front row, (l to r), Jesus Arellano and Brittnee Wright, back row, (l to r), coach Nicole Lindsey, Rachel Craft and assistant coach Cammy Pierce. Over 250 participants from across the Big Country area took part in the event. (Photo Courtesy of Nicole Lindsey)
 
“The kids have practiced since February to prepare for the meet,” said coach Nicole Lindsey. “They worked very hard and accomplished their goals. These kids mean everything to me and to see them being celebrated brings a smile to my face. There was a sign at the meet that said ‘why fit in when you were born to stand out’ and that says it all for these kids.”
Lindsey said the participants at the spring games enjoy the Olympic-style atmosphere while attending the meet.
“The 2014 Spring games committee is committed to providing quality competition at the spring games,” said Lindsey. “Because of these high standards, the athletes can enjoy true Olympic-style competition and achieve their potential.”
“The games also started with opening ceremonies, where each team was announced and paraded on the track in front of the crowd,” Lindsey said. “Then they had the Law Enforcement Torch Run where a state patrol man walked around the track with four different athletes with the torch until it reached the finish line and lit the final flame.”
Lindsey said that she will go to Arlington May 22-25 to observe the state games in order to prepare the team for next year’s state event.
To learn more about the special Olympics in Texas, visit www.sotx.org.