We are off and running… or should I say… off and swimming, dribbling and driving!
Golfing with Layla and Rebecca
Aquatics with Rachel and Rebecca
Basketball with Rachel, Rebecca, Layla and Elijah
A newly formed Special Olympics team is now available for adults in the Big Bend area. The Big Bend Independent Special Olympics Team provides opportunities for young adults with disabilities to continue competing in Special Olympic events after they leave high school. The new team is open to those who are no longer eligible for the ISD team, and also to home schoolers or anyone else who would like to participate.
Athletes are already in training to compete in aquatics, golf and basketball skills.
The aquatics competition will be held at the William Cowan Pool on Sat. April 5 in El Paso. Athletes are currently training at the Sul Ross Pool, Fridays at 5pm.
Special Olympics athletes will also compete in golf. The tournament will be held at the Underwood Golf Course, Sat. April 26, from 9am – 3pm. at Fort Bliss in El Paso. Athletes train on Tuesdays, at 1pm, at the Alpine Country Club.
Athletes will compete in basketball skills, and will be working on 3-on-3, half court matches. The Basketball Individual Skills Competition will be held at the Montwood High School Gym in El Paso.
Special Olympics provides an opportunity for athletes to make friends, stay healthy and learn more about their favorite sports.
Rachel and Becky are two of the participating athletes who are training in the basketball program.
“I’m living my dreams” said Becky. “If I can do it, you can too! I love it! I’ve made new friends,” she said.
“Win State! We can do it,” Rachel said emphatically.
These feelings are not limited to the athletes. Coach Josh Hinojosa loves to see the joy and excitement on athlete’s faces. Coach Steph Bohanna agrees, “I love working with the kids,” she said. “I love their heart and dedication.”
The head of the delegation for the Special Olympic Team is Joyce Page, a local businesswoman who founded The Gathering Place and spear-headed this new effort.
“I hope we provide a lifelong community event,” she said. “We are off to a good start. Our athletes are part of our community and it is heartwarming to see the community of Alpine step up and be a part of the lives of our Special Olympic athletes.
Volunteer coaches for all the events include Jim Hector, Julie Obbink, John Maxwell, Rocky Feliciano, Francisco Atkinson, Josh Hinojosa, Steph Bohanna, Sandra Chambers and many Sul Ross University student athletes.
Sul Ross and the Alpine Country Club were eager to help the new team get started. They provided practice space for athletes and volunteer coaches.
Donations for the new team can be made to Special Olympics FBO, The Big Bend Independent Special Olympics Team. Drop off, or mail donations to, 301 W. Holland Ave. Alpine Tx. 79830. (Livin My Dreams locked mail box)
To volunteer with the Special Olympics Team, contact Joyce Page at 432-294-4028.