Harlandale ISD hosts first Community Bike and Sports Day

Harlandale ISD hosts first Community Bike and Sports Day
Posted on 10/12/2018

Harlandale ISD, in partnership with Kinetic Kids and Believe It Foundation, hosted a successful Community Bike and Sports Day at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 11.

More than 285 students with differing abilities and their families, along with 100 HISD Partners in PE Buddies, participated in fun-filled activities and sports such as soccer, baseball, bean bag toss and bike rodeos.

The adaptive bikes, provided by the Believe It Foundation, were available in different sizes to fit all participating students from Pre-K through high school seniors.

“It’s been a joy to watch these kids do all these fun activities, especially when they get on the bikes possibly for the first time,” Believe It Foundation Founder Andrew McAllister said.

During the event, his foundation announced that it would be donating another adaptive bike to the district.

“We are really excited to donate another bike, and hopefully, continue to strengthen this relationship with Harlandale,” McAllister added.

For Harlandale ISD Special Education Director Della Taylor, the event is a great opportunity for students, parents and community to come together and promote inclusion throughout the district.

“Gone are the days where our kids with disabilities were in separate schools, classrooms or areas,” Taylor said. “We promote inclusion in our schools, and we need to continue to promote it throughout the community. It also gets our kids out and moving and enjoying some of the activities they wouldn’t have the opportunity to do with their non-disabled peers.”

HISD Adaptive PE Coordinator William McGinnis was happy to see a big turnout and hopes the event continues to grow in the future.

“It’s been perfect! All the kids are engaged and are getting to try new things for the first time,” McGinnis said. “We are trying to show that by working together, through an inclusive environment, these kids can be included in all sports and have opportunities just like any other kid.”

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