ECMS hosts Special Olympic Field Day

ECMS special olympics
Jennie McKeon
Published: Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 09:25 AM.

Kim Roughton, a Special Olympics volunteer, recited the athletes’ oath to kickoff the 2nd Annual Special Olympics Field Day at Emerald Coast Middle School.

“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt,” she said.

Students from all over Walton County gathered for a little friendly competition in games ranging from the bean bag toss to the long jump, each competing for a 1st place ribbon.

Megan Dailey, the school district’s board-certified behavior analyst, says it’s important for the kids to grow socially in this kind of environment.

“It’s so great to have these kids out here playing and cheering for each other,” she said. “Being here and wearing that ribbon does amazing things for their self-esteem and they see that we’re all in it together.”

Dailey interacts with many of these students on a regular basis. She says these Special Olympics events are not only an opportunity for the students to grow, but an opportunity for the community to grow as well.

“This event raises awareness of disabilities. It’s a chance for people to interact with these kids and not be afraid, to see that they like the same sorts of things and to just laugh and play.”

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