Medina Valley ISD Special Olympics athletes take the Panther Field

Special Olympics

(MEDINA VALLEY ISD – March 5, 2024) — Special Olympics athletes from across the district left their mark on the Medina Valley HS Panther Field early March.

More than 130 students from all district schools filled the field for the third annual MVISD Special Olympics. The event provides athletic competition in Olympic-type sports for children and adults with disabilities. The message behind the event: inclusion and community where every person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability.

Special Olympics"It’s important for all students to have an opportunity to show off their skills and their talents and to have a platform where they can do that regardless of disability, age – anything that may be difficult for them," said Nicole Brooks, MVISD assistant director of Special Programs. "I think it’s great for the kids and it gives them an opportunity to be just like all the other kids."

Ladera Elementary third grader Manuel "Manny" Garcia has competed two years. His mother Veronica Garcia said her son was looking forward to this day for some time.

"His first words this morning: Special Olympics, Special Olympics," she said. "I'm like, 'Yes, Manny, Special Olympics today.' Those were his first words as soon as he got up."

Garcia said it was an emotional and exciting moment not only for Manny but for her.

"I’m just glad that they do this," she said. "I just love the idea that they do this for the kids every year."