Hardin-Simmons University athletes this will help prepare Special Olympians for their upcoming regional event. The HSU Special Olympics Field Day is Wednesday, April 10, 2013, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the HSU track and field complex. The field day event is in conjunction with Special Olympics of West Texas.
About 150 HSU athletes will help the Special Olympians train for the running and standing long jump, the modified javelin, the shot put, tennis ball throw, and softball throw as the field events. Running events include the 25, 50, and 100 meter runs as well as a relay.
“Our kids get great joy giving back to the community, not just in this event but in events throughout the year,” says HSU athletics director, John Neese. “It is such a privilege to be a college athlete, and when they give back, I believe they really feel good about what they are doing.”
“Our athletes work so hard throughout the year,” says Beth Bye, area director of Special Olympics. “When they can come out and interact with the college kids, it is a great benefit to our athletes. It shows they can aspire to do great things. The positive role models provided by the college students just add to that,” says Bye.
The event is hosted by the HSU Student Athlete Advisory Committee.