The 2014 Special Olympics USA games continue in New Jersey. Nine athletes there from Central Texas. Wednesday there was a special program for the kids who are too young to officially compete.
Sure 6-year-old Aimee Clark runs because it feels nice to have the wind in her hair. A cheering crowd at her back and ultimately a medal around her neck, but she also brought her talents to this New Jersey track on this scorching hot race-day with another goal in mind.
"Umm, ice cream," Clark said. "It makes me run faster."
Running in her first ever "Special Olympics Future Stars Race," Clark attended the event with her 9-year-old brother Hayden, captaining her support-team.
"She's funny. She's talented," Hayden Clark said.
"He doesn't let me in his bedroom," Aimee Clark said.
"I like to work on projects in my bedroom," Hayden Clark said.
Five-hundred-twelve future stars run and kick soccer balls and ride pedal-less bikes here in Lawrenceville throughout the week learning lessons better taught on fields and courts than in classrooms.
"Endurance, credibility, integrity and teamwork."
This first ever Young Athletes Festival gives athletes like Aimee a chance to hone their skills and build some independence before moving on to the Special Olympics USA games.
In a couple of years perhaps Aimee can compete here in a Special Olympics USA Games event like flag football. But for this day she ran her race and earned her medal, leaving team-Aimee with just one or maybe two scoops left to battle.
"Mint chocolate chip," Aimee Clark said.