Partners in PE students hear from Believe It Foundation founder

Partners in PE students hear from Believe It Foundation founder

Andrew McAllister, the founder of the Believe It Foundation, spoke to Partners in PE students at Harlandale High School about the importance of inclusion on Sept. 5.

The Partners in PE program, which pairs general education students with physically challenged students, initiated at Harlandale HS four years ago. This year, the initiative has expanded to include students from kindergarten all the way to high school in an effort to bridge the gap between the students and allow them to build lifelong friendships.

McAllister shared how his life journey and disabilities motivated him to promote the inclusion of physically challenged children through his Believe It Foundation. Last year, he donated two Duet Bikes to Harlandale ISD.

“I’m just honored to be here and talk to the students because I feel like their role in helping kids with physical challenges is so important for the community,” he said. “I know that what they are doing will impact the students they assist, and I believe that one experience can change a person’s life.”

HISD Adaptive PE and Special Olympic Coordinator William McGinnis invited McAllister to speak and give students a better understanding of the difference they are making as Partners in PE.

“The impact may not be visible at first, but hearing from someone who’s lived through the challenges, they really get the opportunity to see what they can do and how well they can do it,” McGinnis said.

During the program, the students will participate in a wide range of sports and activities such as soccer, baseball, bowling, track, softball, kickball and a bike rodeo.

Students at Harlandale ISD are embracing the program including HHS senior Luke Guerrero.

“I met my buddy Johnny on the first day of school, and my favorite part is just spending time with him. It’s pretty fun helping him do all the activities that we’re doing,” Luke said.

McAllister concluded his presentation by praising the students for all of their hard work and dedication as Partners in PE.

“People with disabilities may not have a lot of friends, and they need a friend,” he said. “It’s so great that you guys are willing to sacrifice part of your day to help because I guarantee you it’s not only going to help them in their growth, but it’s going to impact you too. Thank you!”

 Partners in PE students hear from Believe It founder

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