The friends and family of Chris will be honoring his memory at the 5k Race for Special Olympics Florida. Volunteers will be helping at the race by running with participants who are in wheelchairs and also simply walking/ running in honor of Chris and his dedication to the Special Olympics. This cause was near to Chris' heart and we're honored to come alongside the Special Olympics to make this a meaningful and impactful day.
Chris served as the Athletic Director at MSD since 2014 after Assistant Principal Jeffrey Monford brought him on board.
Monford says, "He's one of those guys who would give the shirt off his back to anybody."
"I met him in the early 1990's when he was the wrestling coach at Ely and I was at Hallandale. As my athletic coach at South Broward, Chris would always find a way to get whatever we needed done," Said friend and colleague Allan held. " He would always step up when called upon for anything. As a friend he was always genuine; he was always willing to help and make sure that everyone felt comfortable in whatever we were doing."
"What Mr. Hixon said to me about fighting to take a stand is why I decided to do wrestling freshman year," said junior Shane Hoffman. "He told me to never give up and use every breath in my body as fire and energy to help my team win." Hixon's drive didn't just stop at that however, during matches he could always be found on the side of the mat boosting the morale of this athletes in order to ensure that they did their very best. "Hixon was more than just a coach to us, he's family. He was emotional but always tried to support us the best that he could despite his busy schedule, Junior Steven Erched said.
About Special Olympics:
The mission of Special Olympics Florida is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities who wish to participate, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.
The ultimate objective of Special Olympics Florida is to help people with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large, by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition, and by increasing the public’s awareness of their capabilities and needs.
Special Olympics Florida, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
To learn more about the race please visit: http://www.sallarulosraceforchampions.org/#info
*information and quotes provided by the Eagle Eye Newspaper