A few things stood out to me at the games today. The first was just the positive attitude that seemed to flow from all the athletes. A typical track meet usually yields a mixture of agony and ecstasy while every athlete at today's event was just happy to be able to compete. Competition is a great motivator, but there's something to be said for valuing the experience itself. The second thing(s) that stood out were all the student volunteers. With a few exceptions, these were the same students involved in everything out and about helping on a Saturday morning. The Senior Class Officers, the football captains, the AP students, the basketball and volleyball stars, all students with a bevy of other responsibilities and challenges still managed to make it out to help others. This wasn't like a Friday night football were showing up also involved hanging out with friends, this was a solid day of work with lots to do. This was no "show up and goof off" event; everyone present was where they needed to be and getting the job done. While some might say it's sad that "the same people do everything" at the school, I think it actually says a lot about the importance of getting involved. It's addicting. It's almost impossible to stick to one event; once you put yourself out there, it leads to more and more challenges and opportunities. As a result, it's very important that everyone gets out of their house, stops sitting on the couch, and do something. If that could happen, the class leaders wouldn't need to do everything, it'd be an entire student body of 1500 students all changing the community. They say when it rains, it pours, and when it comes to these student's skills, nothing could be closer to the truth.
With that, enjoy the pictures below, and don't forget about the event next year! Even though I was just a spectator this time around, I'm inspired to jump in as a volunteer for Special Olympics 2015. See you all then!