The Socorro Independent School District’s Spring Games in Memory of James P. Butler are set for April 12 at the Student Activities Complex (SAC).
More than 850 special needs students are expected to participate in track and field events, such as 10 and 25 meter walks, assisted walks, 25, 50, 100, 200 and 400 meter runs. Other events include relay races, wheelchair races with and without assistance, bike races, ball throws and javelin throws.
A large audience of parents, families, teachers, students, community members are expected to attend the Spring Games to cheer on the athletes. Elementary students will compete from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and secondary athletes will be competing from 2 to 5 p.m.
Both sessions will begin with a mini parade for all athletes, the Butler family, SISD administrators and more than 200 volunteers.
The games are named after the late James P. Butler, a former physical education teacher, athletic coach and an adaptive physical education teacher in the special education department. Butler dedicated his life to ensuring students succeeded in athletics and special education.
The Spring Games, endorsed by Special Olympics Texas, allows more athletes from El Paso to compete in Texas Special Olympics statewide competitions.
What: 31st Spring Games in Memory of James P. Butler.
Who: Special education students, teachers, volunteers, Butler family and community.
Where: Student Activities Complex (SAC) 1300 Joe Battle
When: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. elementary students
2 to 5 p.m. secondary students