DALLAS, TX — For athletes, regardless of their backgrounds, when they step on the field, and the ball is in front of them the goal is the same!
On Saturday 50 Special Olympics Texas athletes took the pitch to try out for FC Dallas` Unified Team.
“Unified sports is where people with and without intellectual disabilities play together” explained Katy Williams, the Program Director of Special Olympics Texas Greater Dallas.
“The goal is to show our top level athletes, and I think by showing our top level athletes, you show so much of what our athletes are capable of doing.” said Williams, “And to be able to break down those barriers and to show people, yeah he plays just like everybody else plays soccer.”
Some FC Dallas stars came out to lend these athletes a hand... errr... foot.
“It’s really nice to see them have a smile on their face and it brings a smile to my face.” said FC Dallas midfielder, Alex Zendejas.
This summer the club will take on the LA Galaxy`s unified team for some good old fashioned soccer competition, and being part of the Unified club is an absolute blast. Just ask Patrick and Anthony, two of the members of last year’s team.
“We got to fly to Denver and we got to play them at their stadium and they flew down here at Toyota Stadium, and we never lost, I gotta brag about that.” said Anthony.
As for their favorite part?
“Getting to play on a pro field with people watching. That was pretty dope.” said Anthony.
“It was awesome” agreed Patrick.
“And we look pretty spiffy in these uniforms, I’m not gonna lie.” added Anthony.
Hey, that’s half the point of playing soccer right there!