(FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL – May 16, 2023) – Wide smiles, cheers and lots of high fives greeted some of the smallest athletes crossing the finish line Tuesday at the Unidos Games.
The elementary-aged athletes kicked off the annual Unidos Games at Franklin High School in the morning with their secondary counterparts hitting the track in the afternoon. Both sessions saw athletes lining up on the track for the different heats and events. In total, more than 700 students participated.
“When we see the students, their passion and dedication, it’s motivational for the rest of the students and us, too,” said Veronica Reyes, executive director of specialized learning services. “Being around the kids and seeing their faces as they cross the finish line is priceless.”
Coaches and other volunteers cheered the athletes on from the finish line offering congratulations, high fives and hugs. The Special Olympics-like competition gives the student-athletes a chance to test their fitness skills while demonstrating courage.
“I love the Unidos Games,” said Rommie Davis, Newman Elementary teacher. “Our kids get to show their strength and their will and I’m so proud of them. I get chills seeing them run toward me. I’m so excited for them.”