6GOING FOR GOLDSPECIAL OLYMPICS<<Heartspring students laced up their tennis shoes and competed in both regional and state Special Olympics competitions this summer. With many parents on hand for support, students participated in multiple low- and high-motor activities, such as the tennis ball throw, assisted walk, long jump, high jump and swimming events. BETTER HEALTHStaying active is important to many students’ daily schedules to remain healthy and strong. Many times, children with special needs must work on his or her coordination and muscle tone. Through Heartspring’s Adapted Physical Education (APE) program, students have the chance to practice these skills in a variety of activities like walking, jogging, biking and swimming.<<Luka and his step-father at Special Olympics 2012Xandy at Special Olympics 2012Marixsa at Special Olympics 2012“It’s amazing to see our kids gain confidence and grow right before our eyes when they compete in their events.” Seth NesmithDirector of Residential ServicesLiam shows off his olympic medals, while his parents, Helen and Dennis, stand proudly beside him. For the second year in a row, parents had the opportunity to watch their kids compete in the Special Olympics events, because it fell on the same weekend as Heartspring’s Parent Weekend.
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