It was a sea of gold, silver, and bronze as our students from Crotched Mountain went to Nashua on Saturday, September 9 to compete in the state softball skills challenge, racking up all three medals.
Hitting, throwing, fieding, and baserunning–they were all on display. Points were awarded for distance on hits and throws. For fielding, the competitors worked between two cones to show off their dirt dog skills.
Michael, a student from Crotched Mountain Scool, took the gold medal in the overall skills competition as he accumulated enough points to be crowned the state champion.
The trip to Nashua represented the culmination of 10 weeks worth of skills practice, which took place during Crotched Mountain School’s after school program. Twice a week on the Bill and Josephine Monbouquette Baseball Field, the students would work with recreation therapist Tyler Rodgers on everythnig they needed to bring home the hardware at Special Olympics.
“We were tracking improvements from week to week, measuring the athletes’ success,” Rodgers says. “This also built confidence and social skills, as the students were able to see their work paying off. We’re always trying to aim for something.”
This was the first time Crotched Mountain sent students to the softball Special Olympics, with eyes on a unified softball team sometime in the future. Up next on the Special Olympics calendar: soccer skills and bowling!