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They are the Champions: Special-Ed Students Compete at Helix Charter High School

Fifteen to 20 take part on football field—with students in the stands, cheerleaders on the sidelines and teachers with teens on the field making memories happen.

Following a torch ceremony, the Games of Champions began as Helix Charter High School hosted a Special Olympics. About 15-20 students with severe intellectual and physical disabilities took part early Wednesday afternoon in bowling, “discus” throw (using a Frisbee), soccer goal challenge, agility course, and a long-ball challenge. The event was a joint effort of special-education teachers and student leaders.

Teacher Kim Fleming, organizer of the games, said she hoped it would be an annual event. She organized the games because “I wanted something for the kids to do.” Students from other classes sat in the stands and cheered competitors.

“It was amazing,” Fleming said. “I was floored by how much support they gave us.” The Helix Key Club sponsored the event and helped out, providing awards for each competitor. Associated Student Body students took part as spirit leaders, along with the Helix Cheer Squad and Dance Team.

Rob Hurlbut February 10, 2011 at 02:26 AM
Great story... Even better photos.
Brian February 10, 2011 at 03:19 AM
AWESOME!!! I love these kids!!! The support from school, school staff, and students was unbelievable!!! Kim Fleming is a super hero :)
P.A. February 10, 2011 at 04:18 AM
Great story! Another example of how teachers go above and beyond to provide valuable opportunities for students. Helix is lucky to have such great students, parents and teachers.
TGR February 10, 2011 at 08:30 PM
It was a wonderful day and reminds me of how a community can come together. The athletes, their fellow students in the stands, staff and parents have just made the world a little bit better.
Ron Ennis February 15, 2011 at 05:31 PM
A truly inspiring event that is advertised on each of the faces of the participants! A job well done! Thanks to all of those who made this an event to remember ...and look forward to. otrennis
xenwen December 18, 2012 at 10:48 AM
Cool hopefully you like this years I am organizing it.
xenwen December 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM
thanks I am doing this years these comments are going o give me a boost in my attitude.
xenwen December 18, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Hey if anyone reads this I am currently organizing next years. I would love if any of you would like to donate. my email is xenwen94@yahoo.com or 619-756-9094

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