As I sit on my bed deciding on what to write about, I glance over at my trophy case. Glittering with golden light, my trophies remind me of all the accomplishments I have been awarded during the short span of my life. My accomplishments are mostly involving either cheerleading or softball.
Last year, I decided I wanted to make an even larger impact. So, I signed up for the Humanitarian Experience For Youth program.
On your mark, get set, go! The athletes take off around the University of New Mexico race track for the 200 meter sprint. The crowd goes wild, yelling and cheering in support as the first competitor crosses the finish line. These athletes train year round, always give it their best, and have the best time participating, even with the intellectual disabilities they face. These athletes are competing in the Special Olympics Summer Games of New Mexico. They come from all over the state of New Mexico representing their teams, in hopes of qualifying for the national Special Olympic Games, however this year that will not be an option. New Mexico will be the only state not represented due to the state cutting the funds for Special Olympics of New Mexico by 50%. How is it justifiable to take away an experience that some of us take for granted? What does this mean for the future of Special Olympics of not just New Mexico, but across the
Ninety five percent of all participants in sports fail to capture a championship. Receiving a trophy can also be motivational for a child, and they may try harder next time. Receiving a trophy may help build enthusiasm to return for another season. Additionally, it reminds kids that people do value their effort, regardless of how well they play. Although they might make a child feel better about themselves, there is no piece of research on youth sport motivation that shows trophies and rewards are a significant motivator to participation and
One of the many problems in this world is that people are discriminated for their actions and differences, but we do not see what they have to offer. What we do not realize is how all of us are different in a way, and how we do not always have to have something in common. If we were in their shoes how would we feel? In a society, individuals must learn how to accept others and their differences in order to live in a happier community with fewer conflicts amongst one another.
Ever since I was little and even now, I have always loved sports that involve running, including track. In middle school when I was in seventh grade, I wanted to participate in track because I knew I would enjoy the sport. Track started in the spring during seventh grade, and the first couple of practices I thought were challenging because of what little practice I had before track had even started. From this point on, I knew I would have to work hard to reach the goals that I wanted to accomplish, and to even get personal records in running so that I could compete in sectional or even state meets that include top runners from every school. I had also kept in mind on what events I wanted to compete in, which were the one hundred meter dash,
All my life I wanted to be a snowboarder. When I was 12 years old my family went up north to Shanty Creek Resort during our christmas break and I got my first opportunity to snowboard. My dad got me and my older sister one lesson so we could understand the basics of snowboarding. For me personally I caught on very fast and was snowboarding all over the mountain after the lesson,but for my sister it was tougher and she got frustrated fast. While I was up north that was my first and only time snowboarding in the season 2012/2013. After the season was over and there was no more snow to be seen I realized that I had a passion to snowboard and couldn’t wait till next season to get better and better at it. All summer I waited to snowboard again and when fall came and I knew it was getting close and got very anxious to be back on the mountain.
Throughout my four years of high school, I have kept myself occupied by participating in three student organizations that has developed me into a helpful and prestigious individual. My participation in the Alexander High School UIL Academic team taught me the lesson of hard work pays off. I took the opportunity to join my high school's UIL current events and social studies team which allowed me to compete against others based on my knowledge of the topic. By competing, UIL has educated me that in order to succeed, you must be willing to make sacrifices and dedicate your time towards studying in order to earn a medal or a ribbon. Thankfully, I got to place in many invitational events. In addition to working hard, I had the chance to create close friendships with UIL participants and coaches.
As a child, I was always extremely passionate about dance as a mode of expression for myself. However, my family’s financial situation never permitted me to take proper classes, and for a while I felt that a dream within myself had been crushed. When high school rolled around, I searched for an activity that would satisfy my dance needs and stumbled upon the extracurricular activity Color Guard, which consisted of flag, rifle, and sabre spinning. I grew excited at the idea of joining an activity in my high school, but what really drew me in was the dance aspect. I would finally be able to live out my dream without bound…or so I thought. In my years of participation, I had the pleasure of becoming a more mature and understanding individual although entering with an adolescent mind.
“Congratulations, this is the 2013-2014 Mission Vista Men’s Varsity Soccer team.” I still remember the words coming out of my high school coach’s mouth as he spoke to the new varsity team after tryouts. I was the shortest and one of the youngest players on the team, but my passion for the game was not any less than anyone on the team. I was one of the only three sophomores on the team with a team dominated by juniors and seniors.
Approximately 400,000 people in the United States have Down syndrome. Autism affects 1 in 68 children and that number continues to flourish. There is no cure for autism or Down syndrome and they shouldn’t be ridiculed for something out of their control. Aside from the negativity, people with disabilities continue to persevere. The athletes in the Special Olympics are empowered and embraced by the organization, strangers, their family, and their friends. By applying ethos the organization uses the athletes as they are, not a model that is filtered and photoshopped. With pathos the Special Olympics give the audience a sensation of admiration and hope that maybe the world is starting to change. Maybe people will be more accepting
Do you ever have that moment in your life where you put everything aside a focus on one thing? The date was September 14th, the golf tournament at Yorktown Golf Course. I had been waiting for this tournament all year. This was my chance to put all that I have worked on for weeks into full effect. All I could think about was a medal and how much I really wanted it. This was my chance to have something that would really raise my confidence.
When my cousin was born with a genetic disorder, her family looked forward to a hopeful future. If she had been born nearly 50 years before, she would’ve been segregated from the public because she was different. My hero, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, spent her whole life to create that inclusive world. Eunice had an older sister who had an intellectual disability, but the Kennedy's didn't seclude her from their daily adventures. She fought for everything her sister didn't have, even when it seemed like her current world would never see past society's labels.
The past couple years, I have participated in “Operation Red Nose”; it is a program that runs from late November to early January and is tasked with ensuring partygoers have a safe ride home. Volunteers help: as drivers, navigators, in hospitality, and by taking calls at ORN headquarters.
When I was eight years old, I joined the Shaker Sharks swim team. I was put in the lowest group and struggled to swim even a 25. I considered swimming a hobby at best, not even realizing it was a sport. Two years later, my family and I moved to Solon. I switched teams to join the Solon Stars Swim Club.