HEBER CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – On Tuesday 80 athletes with special needs from the South Summit and Wasatch County School Districts participated in multiple sporting events at the Wasatch High School Wright-Tree Stadium.
The students of all abilities were able to compete in events such as a softball throw, 50 and 100-yard dash, the long jump, and a long distance run.
They were cheered on by volunteers, parents, and peers at their respective schools. The idea is to allow students with special needs to take part in sporting events they may not be able to participate in in a typical school athletic program.
Organizers modified each sport to allow participation from kids of all abilities. This is the first year the district has come together to hold an event of this magnitude.
Wasatch High School Athletic Director Steve Marsing told ABC4:
“An event like this is important because this is what true sportsmanship should be about, in most cases, it gets ugly on the field but not here, it’s all smiles and happiness.”
Although the students have special needs, they still like to enjoy fun activities like playing football, soccer, and playing video games.
FB Live footage from the event