Weatherford Star-Telegram

Roo Fest in Weatherford gives student-athletes with disabilities a chance to compete

Weatherford’s Kangaroo Stadium will once again be the site for the annual Roo Fest, a day set aside for students throughout Parker County with disabilities to participate in a variety of sporting events.

Activities will be held Friday, April 26 from 9 a.m.-noon. Roo Fest Coordinator Lindsey Walker said the event has been around for at least three decades.

The event is also a practice opportunity for students who plan to go on and participate in Special Olympics. Walker said a list of all participants at Roo Fest is sent to the Special Olympics office.

“This event provides an opportunity for our students with disabilities to participate in events that are tailored to their individual skill needs. We encourage schools to send non-disabled peers to cheer on participants in the stands,” Walker said. “It is a special day that allows students the opportunity to show their skills and have the opportunity to be exposed to new activities.”

In all, Walker said as many as 500 participants from around Parker County will be participating. Competitions will include bowling, Ninja Warrior course, football throw, basketball, golf, soccer, dancing, volleyball, and rodeo events.

“This event is special not only to Weatherford ISD but all of other surrounding districts that come and participate,” Walker said. “We encourage peers and families to join with their students this day to make it a special day for all who participate.”

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