BISD Special Olympics athletes awarded letter jackets
For the first time in Burleson ISD history, members of the BISD’s Special Olympics team, the Burleson Blaze, have been awarded letterman jackets for their participation during the 2017-18 school year in basketball, track and field or both sports.
Twelve student-athletes received their letter jackets, thanks to House Bill 1645 that was passed by the 85th Texas Legislative Session which amended the education code to allow athletes who participate in Special Olympics to be awarded letter jackets.
The student-athletes awarded letter jackets are Abigail “Abby” Anderson, Braden Bingham, Billy Davison, Blake Dorchester, Montana Driver, Erin Gillespie, Daniel Hill, Callie McKenzie, Chad Smithers, Abigail “Abby” Taylor, Tyler Tooley and Clifton Verge.
“Our athletes who participate in Special Olympics display a tireless work ethic in their practices and their games,” BISD Executive Director of Special Services Dr. Lucretia Gartell said. “Attendance among the group is close to 100 percent. Additionally, the athletes demonstrate a true team culture and excellent sportsmanship in their practices and competitions. There is truly not an “I” in team when it comes to the Burleson Blaze. The athletes work together to allow each team member to use his or her talents and to support each other in areas where growth is still occuring. I am proud to be able to support our athletes with special needs in achieving this level of success in their chosen sport(s). I am so proud of each one of them and the dedication that they demonstrate as a Burleson Blaze athlete."