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Local Special Olympians Compete in Track and Field

Area athletes showed off their abilities at the St. Joseph School District's area Special Olympics Track Meet Tuesday morning.

Posted: May 1, 2018 8:16 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Area athletes showed off their abilities at the St. Joseph School District's area Special Olympics Track Meet Tuesday morning.

Four teams from Lafayette High School, Central High School, Truman Middle School and the Northwest Tornadoes competed in several events ranging from running, walking, long jump and more.

"I think the purpose of the Special Olympics is not to shine on someone who has a disability but they are able, but to show that everyone has ability," Mandie Goddard-Bowman, SJSD Special Olympics coordinator, said.

The meet was held at Lafayette High School at 9:30 a.m. It's the second area meet for the local track and field teams.

Northwest Tornadoes coach, Sheri Gray, said she loves working with special needs children and watching them grow as athletes.

"It's just amazing how, you know, you go from a little eight year old to a 15 year old and they can do so many things that you couldn't even begin to believe that they could do," Gray said.

One athlete, Liam Sherman, has been competing since he was about seven years old. His mother, Renee Sherman, said she's very proud of all that her son has accomplished.

"He doesn't always win but he tries his best, and that's all we can expect," Sherman said.

This is the team's last local meet before the school year ends. 

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