Douglas ESD to host 2019 MATP event

MATP 2018

Douglas ESD will host the 2019 Douglas County MATP event May 2 at Fremont Middle School.

The Douglas County Motor Activities Training Program (MATP) is a unique Special Olympics event that provides opportunities for students with significant motor impairments to participate in modified athletic and recreational activities.

Along with many Douglas ESD staff members, the Fremont Leadership class coordinates the event to help the athletes show off their amazing athletic ability.

Douglas ESD Occupational Therapist Sharon Osborne says the event gives the athletes a chance to shine in their own spotlight.

“It’s kind of their one event during the year where it’s all about them,” Osborne said. “It’s their chance to participate in activities that are modified for them.”

MATP athletes are partnered with peers from their own schools and communities within the Douglas County area. The athletes and their peer partners team together to engage in a wide range of activities that include modified sports, artistic activities, and other indoor and outdoor recreational activities. Each athlete has the opportunity to demonstrate his or her personal best and to be recognized for their accomplishments.

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the Opening Ceremony starts at 9 a.m.

This year’s theme is “I Dig MATP.” The event will also include rock painting, as well as some visitors from one of the local Gem and Mineral Clubs.