It’s in the fall when S.B. Ballard Stadium is loud – that’s when the Old Dominion Monarchs usually race up and down the field putting up points faster than Joey Chestnut eats hot dogs.
This past Tuesday, the stadium was just as loud as any of those fall Saturdays – and no, it wasn’t spring football, but instead, the Little Feet Meet.
It’s the fifth annual Special Olympics event hosted by Old Dominion. Twelve Norfolk public schools and more than 200 students spent the day participating in events from running an obstacle course to kicking field goals.
The kids were mentored by members of the Old Dominion football team, including Blair Roberts.
“Honestly, I love being a part of this,” Thomas said as he beamed a smile from ear to ear. “These kids need us and I am glad I can be here for them.”
For Davrion King – his moment came when he challenged senior running back Cam Boyd to a 100 yard dash.
“I got tired at the end of the race,” Davrion said. Cam added, “He’s fast. I was tired. I love being a part of this event.”
Head Coach Bobby Wilder loves this event and would not miss being a part of it. “Everybody on our team is out here to hug these kids, love these kids, and encourage them.”