|This kid was REALLY good.|
Anyways- I’m pretty stoked to be back in the action again. To be specific, the combination of three of my favorite things: sports, photography, and peeps with cognitive disabilities. I guess an odd trifecta of favorites, sure, but that’s how I roll. But it was a pretty fantastic weekend. I remembered by I used to enjoy taking Chileda kiddos to Special Olympic tournaments and getting to be a part of all of the action. There’s no better crowd than at these events- everyone gets into the games and cheers for all everyone without it feeling like a “isn’t that just SO special?!” feel to the fans. It was great- I especially enjoyed listening to a couple guys trash talk about some of the plays during a basketball game. It was the same shit you hear people saying at any game anywhere… and don’t worry- the crazy mom’s screaming “miss it! miss it!” during free throws were there too. Although I think my favorite event was the power lifting, and the fact that the guy lifting 65 pounds got the same reception as the dude lifting 350.
I could keep going on about how enjoyable the experience was, but I’ll give it a rest. There was a definite downside though, and that is that I was reminded that I have no idea how to get good shots inside a gym. The lighting really really just sucks. Should probably work a wee bit on that one…
|Unified basketball was pretty sweet. It's teams made of of players with and without disabilities. I think there were a lot of high school kids involved, which was pretty bad ass.|
|This girl was just bashing into people all over the place. It was great... like if I were to play basketball.|
|I'm thinking it doesn't feel so great to land on your leg like that. But to her credit, she totally brushed it off and kept playing.|
|I've never been a huge fan of photag'ing swimming... only because it's so hot by the pool, and I can never quite get over the urge to jump in and join the athletes.|