Cardinal Newman celebrates athletic spirit at Ontario Special Olympics soccer event

News Mar 16, 2016 by Ben Zwolak Stoney Creek News

Five bus loads of smiling, excited student athletes gathered at Player’s Paradise March 8 for the Ontario Special Olympics’ annual high school soccer event.

As tournament director Chris Verlaan explained, the event helps special needs students feel like all-stars on the playing field.

“This way the athletes have the chance to come and they put on their jersey and they represent their school and they have a great time, like their non-intellectually disabled peers get to do every day,” he said.

This event is a highlight of the athletic year for its participants.

Cardinal Newman Cardinal’s head coach Julia Fortino called the tournament a source of pride for the athletes.

“They feel very proud that they are representing their high school, Cardinal Newman,” she said. “This is it for them, this is like their championship football game. They feel extremely proud to play in this tournament.”

The athletes were surprised to see some of their favourite athletes from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats watching their games.

Cardinal Newman goalkeeper Nicholas Morel got a chance to meet one of his sporting idols, Tiger-Cats quarterback Zach Collaros, who took in some of the action.

This only enhanced the experience on an already memorable day.

The Ontario Special Olympics is an organization that focuses on helping people with disabilities who wish to be involved in organized sporting events.

Canadian Dr. Frank Hayden founded the Special Olympics when he questioned the theory that athletes with intellectual disabilities have lower fitness abilities as a direct result of their disability.

The Ontario Special Olympics have operated high school events for five years, starting off with only a handful of events focusing on one sport. The organization now runs 52 events across the province in five sports.

Cardinal Newman celebrates athletic spirit at Ontario Special Olympics soccer event

News Mar 16, 2016 by Ben Zwolak Stoney Creek News

Five bus loads of smiling, excited student athletes gathered at Player’s Paradise March 8 for the Ontario Special Olympics’ annual high school soccer event.

As tournament director Chris Verlaan explained, the event helps special needs students feel like all-stars on the playing field.

“This way the athletes have the chance to come and they put on their jersey and they represent their school and they have a great time, like their non-intellectually disabled peers get to do every day,” he said.

This event is a highlight of the athletic year for its participants.

Cardinal Newman Cardinal’s head coach Julia Fortino called the tournament a source of pride for the athletes.

“They feel very proud that they are representing their high school, Cardinal Newman,” she said. “This is it for them, this is like their championship football game. They feel extremely proud to play in this tournament.”

The athletes were surprised to see some of their favourite athletes from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats watching their games.

Cardinal Newman goalkeeper Nicholas Morel got a chance to meet one of his sporting idols, Tiger-Cats quarterback Zach Collaros, who took in some of the action.

This only enhanced the experience on an already memorable day.

The Ontario Special Olympics is an organization that focuses on helping people with disabilities who wish to be involved in organized sporting events.

Canadian Dr. Frank Hayden founded the Special Olympics when he questioned the theory that athletes with intellectual disabilities have lower fitness abilities as a direct result of their disability.

The Ontario Special Olympics have operated high school events for five years, starting off with only a handful of events focusing on one sport. The organization now runs 52 events across the province in five sports.

Cardinal Newman celebrates athletic spirit at Ontario Special Olympics soccer event

News Mar 16, 2016 by Ben Zwolak Stoney Creek News

Five bus loads of smiling, excited student athletes gathered at Player’s Paradise March 8 for the Ontario Special Olympics’ annual high school soccer event.

As tournament director Chris Verlaan explained, the event helps special needs students feel like all-stars on the playing field.

“This way the athletes have the chance to come and they put on their jersey and they represent their school and they have a great time, like their non-intellectually disabled peers get to do every day,” he said.

This event is a highlight of the athletic year for its participants.

Cardinal Newman Cardinal’s head coach Julia Fortino called the tournament a source of pride for the athletes.

“They feel very proud that they are representing their high school, Cardinal Newman,” she said. “This is it for them, this is like their championship football game. They feel extremely proud to play in this tournament.”

The athletes were surprised to see some of their favourite athletes from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats watching their games.

Cardinal Newman goalkeeper Nicholas Morel got a chance to meet one of his sporting idols, Tiger-Cats quarterback Zach Collaros, who took in some of the action.

This only enhanced the experience on an already memorable day.

The Ontario Special Olympics is an organization that focuses on helping people with disabilities who wish to be involved in organized sporting events.

Canadian Dr. Frank Hayden founded the Special Olympics when he questioned the theory that athletes with intellectual disabilities have lower fitness abilities as a direct result of their disability.

The Ontario Special Olympics have operated high school events for five years, starting off with only a handful of events focusing on one sport. The organization now runs 52 events across the province in five sports.