Soccer Hosted Special Olympics Athletes

Eric Bell and staff hosted a group of Special Olympic athletes and coaches Saturday.

April 10, 2013

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FORT WORTH - This past Saturday the TCU women's soccer program hosted a two hour clinic for Special Olympic athletes and coaches.

Assistant coaches Ryan Higginbotham and Kelsey Davis ran the clinic for the athletes, while head coach Eric Bell put the coaching staffs through a separate coaches clinic. In total, 35 athletes from the Special Olympics Texas-Greater Dallas area took part along with 11 coaches.

"The athletes clinic was amazing," raved Special Olympics Texas-Greater Dallas (Area 10) program director Cyndi Murchison. "All the athletes loved it and the coaches clinic was incredible. Overall, I still cannot believe what I experienced - unified recreation at its finest, inclusion and most importantly feeling loved and appreciated."

The athletes' portion of the clinic featured a skills circuit and a 5 vs. 5 game, while the coaches were put through a tactical and technical clinic. At the conclusion of the clinic, everyone gathered for a group picnic.

"Our athletes will forever remember this and will be grateful for this opportunity forever," said Murchison.

The experience for both coaches and athletes will go a long way in preparing them for the upcoming Special Olympic Summer games, which are slated to take place May 23-26 on the UT Arlington campus.



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