Preparing for the Special Olympics

Every year for the past 20 years students in the DHS Key Club take part in the Special Olympics International, a program which gives children and adults with intellectual disabilities a chance to participate in Olympic-type sports. It takes place nationally, and has programs in Asia, Latin American, Africa, and other countries.Because not all participants in the program have the financial support to get physicals, the Special Olympics have a health fair where the children and adults can attend for free. Doctors and nurses from around the area donated their time to visit and perform simple check-ups as well as make sure the kids did not have any major health problems.Students at DHS recently took time to help out in the health fair, assisting the doctors and nurses with the participants. But the work wasn’t easy. “Some kids were really hard to handle and were very afraid of the doctors,” said senior SarahAnne Herbert. “We had to help teachers handle their students and help the doctors take the kids’ pulse and listen to their heart.”

This preparation will be put to the test in the spring, when the Special Olympics takes place.