Katy Youth Football

KYF® Supports Special Olympics with The Houston Texans

Photo with Bill Obrien

From Left to Right: KYF® Board Member Greg Haren, Houston Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien, KYF® Board Member Ken Krock and KYF® Board Member Dave Perez

Football can teach us about overcoming adversity and coming together as a team. Nothing was more evident than when Katy Youth Football® had the opportunity to join the Special Olympics, the Houston Texans, and the United Way for the Houston Texans’ Hometown Huddle mini-camp for Special Olympics athletes on October 20, 2015. KYF® football coaches and board members, Greg Haren, Dave Perez, and Ken Krock, along with almost a dozen Houston Texans’ players, alongside Head Coach Bill O’Brien, and other volunteers spent the morning coaching about 100 Special Olympics of Texas athletes in basic flag football drills.  KYF® board member Cindy Fox volunteered her time to take pictures of the Special Olympics athletes so everyone would have more than just a memory of the day.

By all accounts of the event, which culminated in a 40-yard dash by the athletes toward a smiling Coach O’Brien, it was a huge success.   KYF® hopes that this event, and others like it, will also raise awareness and popularity of flag football as a Special Olympics unified sport, maybe one day soon giving Katy its very own unified team. A unified sport allows Special Olympics athletes to participate with “partner athletes” in team competition against other unified teams around the state and the nation. Unified sports promote social inclusion through shared sports training and competition for people with and without intellectual disabilities. “This is an area where KYF® can get involved and positively impact the community for the better.” said KYF® President, Anthony Biello.

KYF’s emphasis and league motto, “Doin’ it for the Kids” exemplifies this hope, and has started down the path of inclusion by allowing some very important team members to take part in the league. Matthew Medina is a member of the KYF® Junior Varsity 49ers team. He was able to find a home in KYF® and take part on a team that loves him so much. He is the team’s trainer and all the kids love his spirit. He truly is an athlete and a wonderful young man. He is the heartbeat of their team and he keeps the boys on their toes. “We are very excited to have Matthew as a part of KYF® because no matter the position on the team, all of our kids are special to us!”, said Biello.

For more information on the Special Olympics and unified sports, please go to www.specialolympics.org