Athleticism and inclusivity was on full display at Unicorn Stadium on Wednesday, March 6, as the Special Olympics Texas track and field meet was held. This event brought together more than 400 athletes and volunteers.

The day got started with Jarrett Tucker, a Gateway Transitional Program student, serving as the Master of Ceremony alongside NBISD Executive Director of Special Education Nina Pugh.

The New Braunfels High School MCJROTC Colorguard was on hand for the National Anthem that was performed by the Mighty Unicorn Band.

Events include relay races, the slalom and the softball toss. Smiles, laughter and high-fives were seen on the faces of many students who served as athletes and volunteers.

The mission of Special Olympics Texas is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

New Braunfels ISD has been hosting the Special Olympics track and field event for elementary, middle school, high school and transitional program students for around four decades.

Recently, the district also introduced the Special Olympics Young Athletes Program for students who are not yet eligible to compete in the special Olympics. To compete in the Special Olympics track and field meet, students must at least be in the third grade.

The event also saw a group of area police officers run the full length of the track to get opening ceremony started.

For more information about the Special Olympics, please visit sotx.org.