Athletic “feets”: From preschool to high school, Henrico students with intellectual disabilities prepare to compete

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Three spring events will give Henrico students with intellectual disabilities a chance to compete alongside their nondisabled peers. The three competitions – one each for elementary, middle school and high school students – feature track and field events and other outdoor activities. High school students will serve as volunteers for the competitions.

The three annual competitions, coordinated by Special Olympics Virginia, are:

Big Feet Meet (high school competition): April 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Highland Springs High School, 15 S. Oak Avenue, Highland Springs, Va. 23075

Little Feet Meet (elementary school competition): April 21, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Douglas S. Freeman High School, 8701 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, Va. 23229

Meet in the Middle (middle school competition): May 1, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Collegiate School, 103 North Mooreland Road, Richmond, Va. 23229

Admission to the events is free. The public is invited to come cheer on and celebrate the participants.

More than 400 high school athletes are expected to compete in Henrico Big Feet Meet; more than 800 athletes and their partners from 34 HCPS elementary schools are expected to attend Little Feet Meet; and more than 250 students with and without disabilities from 12 HCPS middle schools are expected to attend the middle school event.

The events are part of the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools initiative, which seeks to create a day of fun, collaboration and inclusion among students who may not spend time together in classes. The initiative seeks to give students with and without intellectual disabilities the opportunity to train together, to create friendships and to foster mutual respect.
For more information about Special Olympics Virginia, go to www.specialolympicsva.org.