After Congressman Eric Swalwell ceremonially opened the second annual Bay Area Games, more than 400 special education students from across the Bay Area competed in track and field events. Also in attendance were 150 non-disabled students from Acalanes High School to volunteer and members of local law enforcement to drape medals around the athletes’ necks. Organized by Special Olympics Northern California and sponsored in part thanks to the generosity of Chevron, the 2013 Bay Area Games is the second annual interscholastic competition created specifically for special education students-athletes. Smiles were everywhere!
The event was 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.
“It was another outstanding event,” CEO and President of Special Olympics Northern California Rick Collett said. “More people got to understand what the Special Olympics Northern California Schools Partnership Program is all about. They got to see disabled and non-disabled students working together on the field towards one goal – having a great track meet. We had great volunteers from Acalanes High School.”