Why Employees Are Calling in Sick on Sept. 22

Executives and employees from Silicon Valley’s elite are going to play hooky from their demanding jobs and spend the day golfing at the Olympic Club – all for the Special Olympics Northern California Schools Partnership Program. The employees will channel their inner Phil Mickelson and Michelle Wie on Sept. 22 for the 2014 High-Tech Challenge.

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Adobe, Deloitte, Dun & Bradstreet, Frys.com Open, NetApp, Service Source and more will golf the prestigious Olympic Club’s Ocean and Lake courses then enjoy dinner and live auction with all funds going towards Special Olympics Northern California’s Schools Partnership Program.

“The High-Tech Challenge is something Adobe and all these companies look forward to all year,” Adobe Executive Vice President and Special Olympics Northern California Board Member Matt Thompson said. “Not only do we get to golf the stunning Olympic Club courses, but this event also connects people with Special Olympics, which is the highlight. We get to know Special Olympics athletes on the course and learn how Special Olympics changes lives every day.”

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Beyond the picturesque day of golf, these best and brightest of Silicon Valley will get to know the Schools Partnership Program. They’ll spend time talking with Special Olympics athletes and hearing first-hand how having Special Olympics in schools changes lives. The evening speaker will be Dr. Steve Amaro, the athletic director who played a large role in starting a Unified basketball league in his school district. (You can read more about that amazing Unified program by clicking here, here and here!)

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Special Olympics Northern California and its Schools Partnership Program receives limited federal funding. Both students receiving special education services and their general education peers participate in the powerful Schools Partnership Program. Special Olympics in the schools transcends the classrooms and soccer fields to make campuses and communities accepting and respectful places. To give these students a change to participate and improve their lives, Special Olympics Northern California relies upon fundraisers like the High Tech Challenge along with corporate and individual donations.

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It costs roughly $500 for a special education classroom to participate in a sports season through the Schools Partnership Program, all of which Special Olympics Northern California provides schools. The 2013 High-Tech Challenge raised almost enough for 800 classrooms to take part in the program that brings respect to entire student bodies.

Please visit OlympicClubGolf.org for more information on the High Tech Challenge!

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