IncrediBULL doesn’t begin to describe Feb. 8 at Bloomingdale High School, where 275 athletes from 10 East Hillsborough County schools competed in the IncrediBULL Games.
The Special Olympics event – in its third year at Bloomingdale – was a total team effort for the campus community. More than 300 student volunteers helped at the event, as each athlete was assigned a buddy for the day. Culinary students prepared lunches. The band’s drum line led the parade of athletes. Clubs staffed booths offering carnival games and face painting in the “Olympic Village.”
“This was a way for our students to get involved,” said Bloomingdale Principal Sue Burkett. “Our clubs, our service activities, our business partners, to help us make an event happen for kids who are differently enabled than we are.”
“It’s a great opportunity,” she said, “for (the athletes) to feel like the most special people out here.”
Bloomingdale student Briana, in her third year as a volunteer, spent the day as a buddy for Ashley, a student from Newsome High School.
“It is something great for everyone at the school,” Briana said. “Not only is it eye-opening for students volunteering but it’s also amazing for them to be able to participate with other students who want to help and inspire them.”
The Gaither Stampede, a similar event for West Hillsborough County students, is scheduled for Feb. 23 at Gaither High School.View Full Album