A Special Feat for Argyle ISD

A Special Feat for Argyle ISD

by Contributing Writer

When Argyle ISD’s Special Olympics program emerged from the creativity of Denise Yeatts, it came with the idea that having a disability doesn’t make one disabled.

“… My son David has Down’s Syndrome, which I prefer to call ‘up syndrome’ because there is nothing down about David,” Yeatts said. “He always lifts you up.”

David began participating in Special Olympics when he was 8 years old, the youngest one can start. Special Olympics offers the opportunity to participate and compete from age 8 to 99.

“Right away I saw what a blessing it was for all the participants,” Yeatts said. “This is a wonderful experience for David and other Special Olympians. They participate heart and soul against others who have challenges, both physical and mental. This is the one place where they are normal.”

Yeatts, a teacher’s aide for AISD moved her children to district and David was able to compete with his old team. But last year all that changed, and David was devastated.

“We could not find a team anywhere in our area on which he could compete,” she said. “So I decided to see what I could do about bringing Special Olympics to the AISD.”

After garnering support from AISD Superintendent Telena Wright, the community and school got behind Yeatts’ idea.

Argyle United Methodist Church made a large donation to help launch the new program. Volunteers from all over reached out to help.

David said he’s involved in the Argyle ISD Special Olympics because he likes winning medals and having fun.

This year, some of that fun has included a competition in bowling, where they brought home two medals. The basketball competition happens in early March and they plan to also participate in track and field events.

“At this point we only have a few participants but that number will grow as we get the word out and show what Special Olympics can do for both those who compete and those who volunteer,” Yeatts said.

Anyone interested in participating or wishing to donate or volunteer to help can contact Yeatts at
specialolympics@argyleisd.com.


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