CFISD Special Olympics athletes recognized at 2018 banquet

May 11, 2018

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CFISD Special Olympics athletes earned letter jackets as part of their participation in the program and received them during the end-of-year banquet May 5 at Cypress Falls High School. Student athletes to receive letter jackets were Lauren Wiginton and Blake Stremmel of Bridgeland High School, Sydni Robinson of Langham Creek High School, Erica Matthias and Erin LaTouf of Cypress Ranch High School, Bilal Ali of Cypress Falls High School and Felipe Rodriguez of Cypress Ridge High School.

May 11, 2018—The CFISD Special Olympics program concluded a successful 2017-2018 school year with a banquet and ceremony on May 5 at Cypress Falls High School.

Approximately 60 student athletes and 20 coaches attended the banquet. The event’s theme was “Where Magic Happens,” and featured a dinner, awards and special presentations for athletes aging out of the program and those who earned letter jackets. The banquet concluded with music and dancing.

Approximately 100 athletes participated in Special Olympics swimming, volleyball, bowling, basketball or track in 2017-2018. In order to participate, the student must be enrolled in a CFISD school, be at least 8 years old and have an intellectual disability and/or significant cognitive delays.

CFISD coaches are all district employees and certified to coach through Special Olympics Texas.

“It has been another successful year of CFISD Special Olympics,” said Darci Garcia, Special Olympics coordinator for CFISD. “I am continuously amazed by the positive attitude and tenacity of the athletes, as well as the support and dedication of their families. Our coaches make my job easy; they are amazing.

“The banquet is organized by Special Olympics’ parents, and is always a fun night of food, awards, fellowship and dancing,” Garcia added. “This year did not disappoint. It was a fantastic evening.”

The letter jacket recipients were required to participate in CFISD Special Olympics for at least three consecutive years, participate in at least one sport in the current school year and be classified as a junior or 17 years of age by the end of 2017-2018.

The following students earned letter jackets:

  • Lauren Wiginton, Bridgeland High School;
  • Sydni Robinson, Langham Creek High School;
  • Erica Matthias, Cypress Ranch High School;
  • Bilal Ali, Cypress Falls High School;
  • Erin LaTouf, Cypress Ranch High School;
  • Blake Stremmel, Bridgeland High School; and
  • Felipe Rodriguez, Cypress Ridge High School.

More information on the CFISD Special Olympics program is available on the CFISD website.

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