Special Olympics Young Athlete program hosts motor sports event for RPS students
ROCKFORD (WREX) -
Many kids did fun activities that promote both mental and physical growth on Saturday.
Special Olympics held their annual Young Athletes event on Saturday at Auburn High School. About 300 of Rockford Public School kids, both with and without disabilities, got to play together to showcase their gross motor skills, Including balance, jumping, running and even kicking.
Organizers say this inclusive program, for kids ages 2 to 7, is unique because it treats every athlete equally.
"What that does is it allows not just the student with an intellectual disability to be able to participate in our sporting events, it allows everyone," said Jennifer Marcello, the Director of Young Athletes for Special Olympics Illinois. "So their friend down the street, or their sister or their brother...everyone can actually play together."
There are more than 2,000 Special Olympic Young Athletes in the Rockford Public School system.