Killeen ISD Hosts Successful Special Olympics Area Meet

Killeen Independent School District (KISD) recently hosted the annual Special Olympics Area Meet at Joseph L. Searles III Stadium, welcoming seven different teams from Central Texas. The athletes competed fiercely in various events such as the 200-meter run, 100-meter run, 4×100 relay, shot put, running, standing long jump, wheelchair races, softball throw, and more. The event was a huge success, providing a chance for the athletes to showcase their talents and compete for a spot in the state meet scheduled for May in San Antonio.

According to Karen Lanxon, an official from Killeen ISD Special Olympics, the athletes work hard to train and prepare for the event. KISD Dream Team athlete Julian, who placed 1st in the long jump for his age group, said he had a lot of fun as he proudly wore his gold medal. Kevin Lanxon emphasized that the athletes have feelings and aspire to be part of the community just like any other person.

“People of all ages are welcome to participate in the Special Olympics,” said Lanxon. Interested individuals can learn more about registration and participation by visiting The organizers of the event expressed their gratitude to the delegations, coaches, volunteers, parents, and KISD high schools for making the event a success.

The Special Olympics Area Meet is an annual event that provides an opportunity for athletes with disabilities to showcase their talents and compete with peers. Killeen ISD’s commitment to hosting the event demonstrates its dedication to supporting and including all members of its community. The success of the event shows that with the right support, everyone can achieve their dreams and goals.

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