Just two days removed from Bay Area Games, excited student-athletes, parents and teachers headed to Liberty High School in Brentwood for another dose of track & field competition!
The nationally renowned LHS Chamber Singers kicked things off with a wonderful rendition of the national anthem. LHS then received their Project UNIFY/whole-school involvement banner in recognition of its outstanding work! Liberty put on a youth summit, took the pledge to end the r-word and hosted the competition to earn their well-deserved banner!
Check out how many students pledged to not use the r-word!
After the ceremonial Torch Run, the races got started!
Everyone did a great job, especially because temps were already in the 80s at 9 a.m.! The student-athletes were bolstered by the support of about 70 general education student volunteers from Liberty High! You could really tell that the signing the r-word poster was not just a one-time deal for them. I mean just check out this poster – it was just one of several on campus!
One of the great things about these Schools Partnership Program competitions is that there is something for everyone. Some student-athletes…
- Sprint down the track like Michael Johnson
- Walk at their own speed
- Have an aide guide them down the straightaway
- Wave their arms in excitement as they compete
- Wheel themselves or have someone push their chairs
- Cover their ears or wear headphones to accommodate their sensory overload
- Almost miss their race start because they’re hyping up the spectators
The common denominator across all abilities are big smiles! One student-athlete proudly exclaimed and aptly described the meet, “This is a day to remember!” Props to Liberty High School for hosting and everyone who competed!