Special Olympics basketball event returns to Texoma
SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — Hundreds of students from across Grayson and Collin counties assembled at Austin College Wednesday morning for the Special Olympics basketball skills competition.
There was no shortage of talent on display.
"I wanted to show my skills for my last year, so I can prove myself," said Sherman High School senior Alan Rodriguez.
Danna Percell, an adaptive physical education teacher and head coach for the Sherman Independent School District Special Olympics, hopes events like this give students lasting memories before they graduate.
"That's why I want to do as much for them while they're in K through 12th grade — because their life does change after high school," Percell said. "They don't have as much adequate support and help."
Chris Stegman has participated in Special Olympics events since he was six. Now he's finishing off his final year in high school — a bittersweet change after all those years.
"It's definitely had an impact, since this is how I grew up most of my life," Stegman said. "It's a big change... it'll be a big change for me, and I think for a lot of my friends, but I'm also excited what the future and what it holds for me."
Basketball is one of four sports that the Special Olympics athletes participate in during the school year. Next up after basketball is track and field.