Hundreds of athletes from across north Texas will come to Commerce this week for the annual Special Olympics Track Meet being held at Memorial Stadium on Friday.
The meet, which is the fifth such event organized by Commerce ISD, will have 19 different schools from 16 school districts competing, stretching as far west as Sherman and as far east as Detroit.
Commerce High School special education instructors Terry Buckley and Keisha Edwards say that this year’s event will have a “fiesta” theme with the date being so close to the Cinco de Mayo holiday. There will be roughly 150 student volunteers from CHS and 20 more from Texas A&M University-Commerce to help run the event, Buckley said.
The two stressed the importance of community support to put on this event.
“If it wasn’t for donations from the community, we wouldn’t be able to have something like this every year,” Edwards said. “The community has been very generous and supportive of us.”
Buckley said that they are praying for no rain. She adds that she thinks the meet is an important aspect of growing up for children with special needs.
“To be included and participate is so important to both the athletes and the volunteers,” Buckley said. She then pulled up a short video on her phone of a CHS student celebrating after winning gold in a recent event. “To see those smiles and those reactions makes it all worth it.”
The track meet will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on May 3 at Memorial Stadium on the A&M-Commerce campus.