FMHS students support special athletes

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- It was a big day for Special Olympics athletes in District 51. The Track and Field meet was held at Stocker Stadium.

Over at Fruita Monument High School, students and teachers gathered to send off their athletes in style.

As Special Olympics athletes gathered in the courtyard, the area was quickly filled by their fellow classmates, and even the marching band, to give them a warm send-off over to Stocker Stadium.

The athletes competed in events like softball toss, long jump, and foot races.

Fruita Monument sent about twenty student athletes over to the games, and while they wanted to have fun, the greater goal was to come back with some wins.

"Its pretty awesome. I am so excited! I kind of love it," said FMHS Special Olympics Athlete, Cameron Cox.

"There aren't just going there to have fun they are going there to win. In the softball through we have kids that can throw it a ways, so they want to win, and that's what we've been talking up," said Side By Side Teacher, Joe Padon.

There were about 35 schools that signed up to compete.

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