Special Olympics coordinator Orville Reynolds hypes up ESE students for the basketball tournament at MSD’s annual Special Olympics. Photo by Darian Williams
On Friday, Dec. 6, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School held the MSD Special Olympics during third and fourth period. The Exceptional Student Education students played a game of basketball in the gym, and held a ceremony afterwards where students received ribbons for participating in the basketball game.
ESE teacher and Sophomore Support Facilitator Orville Reynolds coordinated the Special Olympics this year. When the opportunity to organize the Special Olympics came his way, he instantly took it.
This year’s Special Olympics is different from past years as they have created a new system for organizing the game. Instead of all the schools meeting up together, the schools are doing it separately. Last year, the Special Olympics were hosted at Nova High School.
“My favorite part is seeing how excited they [ESE students] get because sometimes they don’t get the same social interactions as everyone else,” junior Josephine Sotter said. “Because they’re in their own separate classes, so it’s fun seeing them interact with all the other classes, especially the general education kids, so it’s just fun seeing them get excited.”
Students were smiling and laughing during the basketball game. It appeared that the students were really enjoying themselves, and having a good time.
“I think it was a blast, I think the kids looked like they had a lot of fun, especially getting the ribbons, especially,” Reynolds said. “My favorite part was just how excited they’d get. That’s like the fuel. They get so happy, so it’s just like as long as you can see that they’re having a good time, then it makes it even better.”
The MSD Special Olympics gave the ESE students the opportunity to socialize and have fun, an event that MSD can support and continue for years to come.