Boys Ranch Hosts Special Olympics Track Meet


Special Olympics athletes ages 8-61 gathered at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch to compete in traditional track & field events and modified track & field events, such as assisted walks, wheelchair races, and ball throw.

The track meet began at 9 a.m. as athletes paraded into the stadium for the opening ceremony.

Events lasted until 3:30 this afternoon.

The organization said 230 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the Panhandle and surrounding areas signed up to participate.

Competitors were awarded medals or ribbons based on the result of their performances. 

Athletes 12 years and older participated to meet qualifying standards for the Summer Games, a statewide competition held at the University of Texas at Arlington from May 24-27. 

Special Olympics Texas said it is a privately funded non-profit organization that uses the power of sport to encourage and empower people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect.

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