Congressman Eric Swalwell will open the second annual Bay Area Games, hosted by Special Olympics Northern California, on Tuesday morning at Acalanes High School in Lafayette, Calif. More than 450 special education students – with 150 non-disabled students from Acalanes High School serving as event volunteers – will participate in a track and field competition. The 2013 Bay Area Games is the second annual interscholastic competition created specifically for special education students-athletes. The day’s events begin at 10 a.m. with opening ceremonies, which are followed by three action-packed hours of track and field competition. Every student athlete will be recognized for their achievements by having a Special Olympics Bay Area Games medal draped around their necks by Bay Area law enforcement. The event is open to all qualified special education student-athletes grades K-12, who have all been training for the competition as part of the Special Olympics Schools Partnership Program. The Schools Partnership Program provides 24 weeks of training in three sports – soccer, basketball and track and field – to over 4,600 special education students.
What: Bay Area Games – hosted by Special Olympics Northern California
Who: Approximately 450 special education students hailing from Contra Costa County, San Francisco, San Mateo County and the Tri-Valley area along with Congressman Eric Swalwell, Oakland Athletics Announcer Dick Callahan, Acalanes Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Kevin French, Vice President of Strategic Planning for Chevron Corporation and Vice Chairman of Special Olympics Northern California Board of Directors Chuck Taylor, and more
Participating Schools: Contra Costa County – Acalanes High School, Del Valle Transition Program, Heritage High School, John Swett CBI, Liberty High School, Martinez Community Academy, Miramonte High School, Monte Vista High School, Mt. Diablo Unified BRIDGE Transition Program, San Ramon Valley High School, Springhill Elementary School, Stanley Middle School; San Francisco – Aptos Middle School, Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School, Sunset Elementary School; San Mateo County – Crestmoor Elementary School, Hillsdale High School, Margaret Pauline Brown Elementary School, Oceana High School, Serramonte Transition Program, Terra Nova High School; Tri-Valley Area: Dublin High School
When: Tuesday, April 30 – Opening Ceremonies at 10 a.m., competition to follow
Where: Acalanes High School – Lafayette, Calif.
Event Photos: Flickr.com/SONorCal