ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) – The Special Olympics are about more than each individual event. They’re about the love of the game. Hardin Simmons student athletes have something in common with the Special Olympics athletes using their field.
HSU’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee President Allison Kuster explains that the love of sports is that common ground. “Since we’re at a D3, we don’t get scholarships to play. All the athletes here play because we love the sport. We have a passion for it, and we choose to devote our time to it. Sharing that with the Special Olympic athletes is a special bond we can make.”
That bond is seen in each and every athlete, even if they’re competing against each other. Debra Asbury has been competing in the Special Olympics for years. She enjoys seeing old friends, “so this has been a really good opportunity for me to get to do this again.”
The athletes are excited to be doing what they love. Will Mays comes from Brady. He sums up his feelings simply: “I love to run. It’s pretty happy to me to be here this day.”
That love, and joy, bring athletes of all types together. HSU assistant women’s basketball coach Caprice Stephens says she hopes that long lasting friendships are formed. She hopes, “that these kids can take something away at the end of the day.”