Ultimate Challenge Chases the Vegas Winter Blues Away

With the Olympics days away and parts of the country suffering from the polar vortex, it was all things winter for the latest Ultimate Challenge in Las Vegas.

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WHAT:

Winter Ultimate Challenge featuring 12 sports stations to work on motor skills

WHERE:

Valley High School in Las Vegas

WHO:

50 students receiving special education services from 10 middle and high schools in Clark County

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23 Valley High School general education student volunteers

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4 VHS student council students manning a table to have their classmates take the pledge to end the word

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15-20 APE teachers who organized the event

4 Microsoft employees volunteering by running the Xbox station

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WHY:

These Ultimate Challenges had been happening for more than 10 years as a way for lower function special education students to experience what other students get to experience. They get a field trip off their school campus and enjoy a carnival day – all with a learning purpose to develop their motor skills.

ALL THINGS WINTER:

While that fall Ultimate Challenge centered around Thanksgiving, this Ultimate Challenge fittingly (and chillingly!) centered on winter, ice and snow! There were stations like…

Bobsled station – the student-athletes could get out of their wheelchairs and be pulled around by Valley HS students

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Snow bowling

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Curling

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Adapted hockey

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And more!

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Students receiving special education services at Valley HS did the Oath (Evan) and sang the anthem (Angie):

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WAY TO GO VALLEY HIGH:

The general education students at Valley High School are totally committed to Special Olympics Nevada! They’re taking the Polar Plunge this year and by hosting the Ultimate Challenge this month and signing the r-word pledge – they’ve achieved Whole School Involvement/gold-level status again this year!

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All in all, it was a great event! Huge thank yous go out to the adaptive physical education teachers, Valley HS students, Microsoft and all our volunteers! To see more photos, please click here!

If your school would like to be involved through whole-school involvement, just contact HarryM at SONV.org!

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