Special Olympians go for the gold!

Over the weekend, more than 30 Northside Special Olympics athletes competed at the Special Olympics State Summer Games held at Heroes Stadium.

It was the first time in more than 20 years that NISD had athletes participate in the Summer Games, and the first time the Games were held in San Antonio.

Northside student athletes brought home multiple awards in the 50-meter dash, 100-meter dash, 25-meter wheelchair race, softball throw, mini javelin, running long jump, and the standing long jump.

“These athletes represented the district with amazing pride, courage, and sportsmanship during the event,” said Donna Umhoefer, lead specialist for NISD Adapted Physical Education/Special Olympics. “We couldn’t be more proud!”

Participating athletes were: Max Aguilles-Canche (Stevenson MS), Alexis Ashton (Stinson MS), Alexandra Ayala (Rayburn MS), Alana Bernal (Cody ES), Payton Capobianco (O’Connor HS), Jude DeLaGarza (Michael ES), Kimberly DeLaRosa (Jay ES), Derick Dold (Jones MS), Matthew Ebner (Stinson MS), Noah Garcia (Marshall), Gael Gonzales (Briscoe MS), Morgan Huizar (Rudder MS), Dominick Jernigan (Colonies North ES), Elizabeth Langas (Cole ES), Diego Maltos (Hoffmann ES), Lane Moore (Briscoe MS), Sebastian Perez (Valley Hi ES), Cheyenne Regalado (Jay HS), Evan Resetar (Jones MS), Stephanie Salas (Jay HS), Brandon Sanchez (Jay HS), Anastasia Sharp (Rawlinson MS), Katherine Snethen (Bernal MS), Jacob Sorrell (Nichols ES), Presley Spoor (Stinson MS), William Storm (Leon Valley ES), Patrick Treter (Michael ES), Danny Vasquez (O’Connor HS), Sofia Villarreal (Martin ES), and Elijah Walters (Marshall HS).