Albuquerque Sign Language Academy athletes gear up for Special Olympics
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Athletes from Albuquerque’s Sign Language Academy will travel to Las Cruces for a cornhole competition in New Mexico’s Special Olympics.
“We’re sending them off with all the good vibes we can muster to cheer them on,” said Rafe Martinez, executive director and co-founder of the Albuquerque Sign Language Academy.
The entire school came together Tuesday to support their fellow athletes.
“We serve deaf kids, kids with disabilities, parents who are deaf – so it’s a place where all the different needs of those kids come together through a language lens of American sign language,” Martinez said. “We’re a very unique program, nationally unique. You’re not going to find many, if not any schools like this.”
Lobo Louie, UNM’s cheer squad and “Rio” with the New Mexico Runners also showed up for the rally.
The Cornhole Holiday Classic begins Aug. 26.