The event will take place Tuesday at Walker High School’s practice field. The opening ceremony will begin at 9 a.m., while events, including the 100-yard dash, a softball throw and many others, start at 9:30 a.m.
Participants in the events are special needs students from across Walker County. Ryan Hall, a football and baseball coach at Walker High School, is a coordinator for Track and Field Day.
“I really love it here in Jasper,” said Hall, a Huntsville native, to members of the Kiwanis Club Monday. “I feel blessed to be here. My move here four years ago may be the best decision I’ve ever made.”
Hall is the adaptive physical education teacher for Jasper City Schools. He travels to each school in the city system and modifies physical education classes for area special needs students.
“I have 25 kids this year, and they are wonderful,” Hall said. “They have impacted me greatly and given me a new perspective on life. No matter what they are going through, they have such a positive outlook and attitude. I’m their teacher. It’s my job to make a difference in their life, but the impact they have on me is much farther reaching than I would ever have on them.”
Hall thanked members of the club for their role in Track and Field Day.
“If it weren’t for you guys, this event wouldn’t happen,” he said. “You just can’t imagine the memories these kids get from Track and Field Day. They look so forward to this, some of the kids talk about it all year. As long as I’m around, we are going to do our best not to let bad weather keep us from having a track and field day. This event is something these students will remember for their entire life.”
All students who participate in the event will be given a T-shirt and a sack lunch provided by the Kiwanis Club.