Special Olympics - Regional Track Meet - June 13th, Sunday
Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, Oregon
Team Red Lizard ( a Portland running club) is teaming up with Special Olympics N.W. to provide for and direct the regional track meet held on June 13th. Last year we had the great opportunity to play an important part of providing for most of key positions and extra volunteers to facilitate the track meet.The event went very well, and was a learning experience for all of us. I might add, the event was an amazing and rewarding experience for all who helped.
This year, TRL will be providing for all the operation of the track meet. According to Jan Hull (N.W. S.O. Sports Director)"This year's event will be even bigger." Last year, there were 400 participants.
Our goal is to not only provide for and facilitate the smooth operation of this event, but to make it into a community service event. Last year's event could not have been put on with just a small group of TRL members. So, we came up with the idea to involve area High Schools and a Middle School. We had students from Benson, Central Catholic, Grant, and Environmental Middle School. This year we will have students from other schools, as well.
Most impressive is the involvement of students in this event. The interaction of student to athlete was unique, positive, and productive. The track event, as well as all other S.O. sporting events, is an important aspect in the lives of these athletes. An equal and true value is to those that volunteer, especially youth.
Because of the one-on-one interaction of youth volunteer with Special Olympic Athlete, we want to establish this event as a "Youth Community Service Project."
Along with encouraging youth participation, we would like to draw in locally known, high level, and respected athletes, professional, collegiate, and amature. We want to emphasize the value of community service to youth by showing to them, despite their given status, everyone should become involved and contribute to help others.
From this, we hope that you can help us follow through for the benefit of our Youth and the Special Olympics Athletes.
Steve Sexton---Email- [email protected](w)-503-236-1152--(h)-503-775-0152