Monday, April 23, 2012

Special Olympics

Last week the kids and I tagged along with Travis to a Special Olympics event
 (some of his p.e. students were competing).
I have never been to anything like it before.
It was the sweetest event I have ever been to.
Such a blessing.
I kept tearing up through the event.
At the beginning of the event they had a parade with each school walking around the
track with their banner.
They had some inspirational music playing (think Chariots of Fire) and those sweet kids were pumping their fists as they walked and were so proud!
As they walked by the stands everyone stood up and were cheering like it was the real Olympics.
*teared up*

When each child was running towards the ribbon at the finish line.
Children in wheel chairs, children with walkers, children who had people physically moving their legs for them one at a time, children with down syndrome....
each trying so hard and each one with a huge smile on their face.
Their little arms pumping the arm when they finished.
*teared up*

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners received their medals on a little platform.
They would announce their names over the loud speaker as they received their medal.
Watching them beam as their medal was placed around their neck.
*teared up*

It was such a sweet time celebrating these kids.
If you ever have a chance to attend an event like this I highly encourage you to do so.
Not only will it bless these kids to have you cheering for them
but I can promise you that you will leave encouraged!



  1. i was able to help out with one of these in high school and it was such an amazing experience!

  2. SO SWEET! that makes me tear up! what a fantastic day. I bet you guys just left feeling so encouraged and grateful to have been there. Sweet travis. Love that whole day! You are such a sweet and supportive wife!

  3. I volunteered at a Special Olympics event a long time ago. It was the sweetest thing ever. Definitely see how you teared up the whole time! What an amazing thing to be a part of!

  4. A topic so dear to my heart. Looks like an amazing time <3 Thanks for sharing <3 I HAVE to get involved with this someday :)

  5. I've attended a special Olympics event a number of years ago. One of the family's at our old church had a special needs daughter. It was so much fun for both the participants and the audiance. Everyone had a really great time, win or lose. Wish all sport games could be that way!!!!