For any Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD athlete and their family, a required physical can be just another added expense on a long receipt of sports-related costs. However, thanks to the generosity of a local pediatrician, Dr. Richard Rivera, students on the CFBISD Special Olympics All Stars team did not have to worry about this cost.
On September 1, numerous student athletes showed up to Standridge Stadium to receive a free physical screening from Dr. Rivera. The students were examined for any health issues, and as a result were able to establish athletic eligibility for the school year.
"Community partnerships are essential to ensuring our Special Olympics athletes are afforded the opportunity to flourish and thrive in their recreational pursuits,” said Leslie Halencak, Special Olympics Coordinator. We applaud Dr. Rivera for his continued service to our All Stars team."
In 1999, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD formed an “All Star” team of 16 Special Olympics athletes. Currently, there are more than 200 students enrolled in the program. The CFBISD All Stars team offers bowling in the fall and track and field in the spring.
To learn more about special olympics in CFBISD, please visit the Special Olympics website.