Special to the Star

San Benito CISD Special Education students participated in the Spring 2019 Special Olympics Motor Activity Training Program (MATP) recently held at the San Benito Veterans Memorial Academy gymnasium.

This year’s “Baby Shark!” theme brought out sweet and harmless sharks of all ages to enjoy a fun-filled event designed to develop individual students’ motor skills through sport-specific tasks and recreation activities appropriate for the young participants’ ability levels.

The program is designed for persons with severe limitations who do not yet possess the developmental skills necessary to participate in official Special Olympics sports.

MATP activities include tasks such as pushing or kicking a ball, jumping within a colorful ball pit, or stepping across a low bar. Sensory exploration activities and ball ramp bowling were also among the numerous skills events available.

“It was a great success, and our students had an awesome time! It was great to see a smile on their faces,” said Ernesto Manriquez, the district’s Special Services Director

Following the Special Olympics motto “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt,” MATP emphasizes training and participation rather than competition.

Committed to the students and their overall development, department administrators and event coordinators take great pride in knowing that the San Benito MATP is often praised as being one of the best events in the state.

For additional information on the school district’s MATP initiative, contact the Special Services Department at (956) 361-6221.