Track and Field Seminole County Special Olympics<br />Savannah Dowdy<br />savydowd@yahoo.com<br />April 23, 2010<br />EEX ...
Early Perceptions<br />Overwhelmed, but ready for the challenge<br />Great learning opportunity<br />Completely new and mu...
Introduction to the Setting<br />The track next to the bleachers was where we spent most of our time practicing.<br />Free...
Introduction to the setting Cont’d<br />This is the field where we would practice the softball throw.<br />We called this ...
Site/ Community Demographics<br />
Personal Demographics<br />Very little prior experience working with people with disabilities<br />Sincere love for runnin...
Engagement Activities<br />Leading warm-ups<br />Exercises were led by athletes and volunteers.<br />We would perform warm...
Engagement Activities Cont’d<br />Timing and running events with athletes<br />This is a picture of me running my leg of t...
Engagement Activities Cont’d<br />Aiding with long jump and short jump<br />Helping with the softball throw<br />We did bo...
Engagement Activities Cont’d<br />Registering and getting athletes ready for the area games<br />This is the tent where I ...
How I got started<br />I heard about this opportunity through a classmate and decided to become an assistant head coach fo...
Participant Demographics<br />Several different ages (from 14-59)<br />Ethnic backgrounds- primarily white, black, and His...
Reflection of My Experience<br />Should not be afraid of working with individuals with disabilities.<br />Extremely loving...
Teaching applications of my experience<br />Many more lessons are learned though experience.<br />Teach with more understa...
Thank you!<br />
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  1. 1. Track and Field Seminole County Special Olympics<br />Savannah Dowdy<br />savydowd@yahoo.com<br />April 23, 2010<br />EEX 4070<br />
  2. 2. Early Perceptions<br />Overwhelmed, but ready for the challenge<br />Great learning opportunity<br />Completely new and much needed experience<br />
  3. 3. Introduction to the Setting<br />The track next to the bleachers was where we spent most of our time practicing.<br />Freedom High School- Area Games Location.<br />Lake Mary high school which was where we had practice every Saturday morning.<br />
  4. 4. Introduction to the setting Cont’d<br />This is the field where we would practice the softball throw.<br />We called this area the “pit.” This where we practiced the long jump and short jump events.<br />
  5. 5. Site/ Community Demographics<br />
  6. 6. Personal Demographics<br />Very little prior experience working with people with disabilities<br />Sincere love for running<br />So Special Olympics track and field coaching was perfect for me!<br />+<br />=<br />
  7. 7. Engagement Activities<br />Leading warm-ups<br />Exercises were led by athletes and volunteers.<br />We would perform warm-ups every Saturday morning before practice.<br />
  8. 8. Engagement Activities Cont’d<br />Timing and running events with athletes<br />This is a picture of me running my leg of the relay with the athletes.<br />That’s Me!<br />This is where the athletes practice their 100meter walks and runs. I’m at the end timing. We would do this every Saturday.<br />
  9. 9. Engagement Activities Cont’d<br />Aiding with long jump and short jump<br />Helping with the softball throw<br />We did both of these events every Saturday.<br />This is the head coach helping an athlete with the short jump. <br />I would also catch balls for the softball throw. <br />
  10. 10. Engagement Activities Cont’d<br />Registering and getting athletes ready for the area games<br />This is the tent where I registered athletes for the 100 meter walk and run.<br />This was the entrance for the area games. Before the games we had to dress and coordinate athletes according to their events.<br />
  11. 11. How I got started<br />I heard about this opportunity through a classmate and decided to become an assistant head coach for Special Olympics track and field.<br />
  12. 12. Participant Demographics<br />Several different ages (from 14-59)<br />Ethnic backgrounds- primarily white, black, and Hispanic<br />Linguistic heritage- Spanish and English<br />Exceptionalities- down syndrome, autism, severe head trauma<br />Number of people served- 18 athletes, 3 volunteers, 2 coaches<br />
  13. 13. Reflection of My Experience<br />Should not be afraid of working with individuals with disabilities.<br />Extremely loving people. <br />I learned the most simply from talking with the athletes.<br />Made me appreciate life more and their amazing capabilities.<br />I’ve take away the importance of learning how to handle intense situations with ease.<br />
  14. 14. Teaching applications of my experience<br />Many more lessons are learned though experience.<br />Teach with more understanding.<br />Be cognizant of tactics that will work for students. <br />Be patient.<br />Your demeanor must be confident and collected.<br />These are amazing people who are capable of extraordinary things.<br />
  15. 15. Thank you!<br />

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