Throngs of Cleveland High School students and teachers gathered at the softball field to cheer on their extended resource and self-contained classroom students as they took on the Lee University Lady Flames softball team in a heated game of kickball.
“We’ve always done an end-of-the-year kind of game, but this was our first time having the Lady Flames come out and play against them,” Special Education Coordinator Gayle Hiddleson stated. “I think that they will never, ever forget this. The show of support from the students at the high school and the teachers coming out to cheer them on is priceless. They will always remember this day.”
According to Hiddleson, the kickball event was put together by softball coach and PE teacher Connie Stobert and faculty advisor Dr. Anita Brown, who could be heard calling the game from almost a mile away.
“The students are in my adapted PE class and we try to do a lot of special events for them. They have the Special Olympics coming up, so this helps them get prepared for that. It’s a fun event, and we make it a big deal for them and give them awards. They just like coming out and being cheered on,” Stobert explained. “Being able to work with these kids brings a smile to my face every day. There is never a dull moment and they are full of joy with bright attitudes. Sometimes we take for granted what we have, and this group really humbles you.”
The Raiders were able to topple the Lady Flames by a score 30-0 and according to Brown can now boast of an 11-0 record.
With the Cleveland/Bradley County Special Olympics happening this weekend, the kickball game served as a good warm-up for those who will be involved in the weekend event.
There was not a frowning face to be seen on Thursday, as the excitement on the field proved to be contagious.