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Robertson County Special Olympics

By: Lindsay Liepman
By: Lindsay Liepman

If you've ever experienced Special Olympics, it isn't hard to see why both athletes and coaches get so much out of it.

For the fourteenth year, Robertson County hosted 150 special needs athletes from across the area for fun, excitement and a little friendly competition.

This isn't the race of 9-year-old Taylor Hobson's life. But the thrill of victory makes troubles disappear, if only for a moment.

At birth Taylor was diagnosed with spina bifida, the most common permanently disabling birth defect.

Taylor can't run or walk, but in her wheelchair, she feels like she has wings.

"I like to go fast," says Taylor.

Taylor's teachers in Bryan are a big part of her success.

"They help me work, they help me be a good student and they help me take a nap when I'm tired," says Taylor.

For fourteen years Robertson County Special Services has held a special olympics meet.

Kids with disabilities are able to meet sometimes for the first time, others with similar needs.

"I don't think I'd want to do anything else. The kids just give you their all and they love being out here and everybody just has a blast," says Special Olympics Coach Gaye Caldwell.

Caldwell has been a special olympics coach for 27 years.

She says kids like Taylor teach her more about life, than she could have ever learned on her own.

"Sometimes in our day to day lives we say oh poor me, i don't feel good or I can't afford to buy this and you're around these kiddos and you see that our problems are just miniscule and they just enjoy life," says Caldwell.

Judging by the smiles on their faces, that will never change.


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