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      Special needs students get olympics of their own in San Benito

      Dozens of special needs students participated in the Special Olympics Motor Activity Training Program (MATP) on Tuesday morning.

      It all happened at the San Benito Veterans Memorial Academy gymnasium where our own Victoria Marshall was the emcee.

      The event was hosted by the San Benito CISD Department of Special Education.

      MATP is designed for persons with severe limitations who do not yet possess the developmental skills necessary to participate in official Special Olympics sports.

      The program strives to develop a young participant TMs motor skills and provides the means for students with severe limitations to participate in appropriate recreation activities geared to their ability levels.

      MATP activities help develop motor skill through fun-filled tasks such as pushing or kicking a ball, jumping in a colorful ball pit or stepping across a low bar.

      Additional MATP recreational activities include the beanbag lift, ball kick, ball lift and ball push.