Paralympics Pep Rally
Johnson pep rally sends local athlete off to Rio Paralympics
Posted on 08/25/2016
Principal LaDonna Turrentine presents a Johnson medal to Schbort
Krige Schabort, a veteran Paralympic participant and medal winner, has embarked on many competitions but no sendoff has been quite like the one children from Johnson Elementary gave him yesterday as he prepares to leave for the Paralympic Games in Rio.  All of the Johnson students filled the school gym to cheer for their favorite athlete and their classmate's dad.  Schabort's daughter Sarah is a first-grader at Johnson and his two sons, now attending Model Middle, were former students at the school.

The children from pre-kindergarten to fifth-grade welcomed Schabort into the gym with raucous cheers as he filmed the event on his phone and waved to the kids.  The cheers reverberated around the gym as he took his seat of honor in front of the crowd. "I will remember that while I am racing," Shabort told the children. "I will compete in the Paralympics which is a competition for athletes with a physical disability and I will compete in the triathlon which is biking, swimming and running."    

Principal LaDonna Turrentine presented Schabort with a special Johnson Wildcat medal and a card with the thumbprint of each student at Johnson to take with him for good luck on his journey.  
Schabort is a native of South Africa now living in Rome. He won an ESPY from ESPN last year as the best male athlete with a disability.  Schabort lost his legs in 1987 during combat while serving in the South African army. He has represented the United States at the Paralympics in 1992, 2000 and 2012.  Schabort has also participated in the games for South Africa. 

Photo above: Principal LaDonna Turrentine presents Johnson medal to Schabort with his daughter Sarah.

Photo below: Schabort enters gym to cheers of students.
Schabort enters gym to cheering students welcome