Philanthropists Hit the Links to Support Special Olympics in the Schools

*Our High-Tech Challenge webpage is temporarily down. In the interim, please enjoy this story about the 2013 High-Tech Challenge*

All in all – Monday was a perfect day for the High Tech Challenge. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky as the sun shone down on the sprawling greens of The Olympic Club. Executives and employees from such Silicon Valley companies as Adobe, Deloitte, Dun & Bradstreet, Open, NetApp, Acquity Group and more traded their offices for the same golf course that has hosted five U.S. Open Tournaments.

Two Special Olympics athletes – Mark and Miles – wowed the golfers with their skills and were the perfect testimony to the life changing power of Special Olympics. Athlete Stephanie garnered a standing ovation with her speech on how Special Olympics is absolutely inherent to have in the schools to prevent anyone from being bullied like she was. Read her whole speech by clicking here.

And most importantly – the generous golfers donated to Special Olympics Northern California Schools Partnership Program! Thanks to their exceptionally kind donations, more than 4,600 special education students – with the support of more than 14,895 general education students – get to train and compete in three sports during the school day. The program is currently active in more than 250 schools throughout San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Fresno counties along with the Tri-Valley and Fremont area. Special Olympics Northern California and its Schools Partnership Program are dependent on fundraising events like Monday’s High Tech Challenge to provide athletic opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. If you would like to donate, please click here.

But now for the fun stuff! Check out some of the fantastic photos from the 2013 High Tech Challenge, taken by Kelley Cox and Samuel Cain of KLC Fotos. You can see the entire collection at

Thanks again to everyone for attending!


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