It’s Almost Time for Bay Area Games

Our favorite time of year is finally here – we’re less than one month away from Bay Area Games! We’re very excited for the fourth installment of Bay Area Games, which will be held April 28 at Acalanes High School in Lafayette. Read on to see more about one of the highlights of the Schools Partnership Program!

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What Is Bay Area Games?

The 2015 Bay Area Games is the fourth annual interscholastic competition created specifically for special education students-athletes and their general education peers. More than 650 students – both general and special education – will team up as athletes, partners and volunteers to participate in an invitational track & field competition known as Bay Area Games.

Kicking things off is a great Opening Ceremonies – which will be emceed by Oakland A’s announcer Dick Callahan. From there, the students will complete in track & field events. One of the event highlights will be a Unified track relay, where students with and without disabilities will race as teammates. 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.

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Who Participates at Bay Area Games?

Students from across the Bay Area will make the trip to the East Bay to compete with students hailing from Contra Costa County, San Mateo County, the Tri-Valley area (Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton), the city of San Francisco and Mission Valley (New Haven, Fremont and Newark). Serving as active participants, peer partners and volunteers, more than 150 general education students from Acalanes High School will volunteer at Bay Area Games. Click here to see which schools are registered!

Is Bay Area Games Part of the Schools Partnership Program?

It is! This invitational event is open to qualified classes currently participating in Special Olympics Northern California’s Schools Partnership Program. The 500 special education student-athletes – who range in age from kindergarten to transition – have been 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 7,160 special education students. For more on the Schools Partnership Program in Northern California, click here.

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Where Can I See More About Bay Area Games?

Click here to read more about Bay Area Games and see the games in action by checking out past blog entries!

Who Sponsors Bay Area Games and Can I Make a Donation?

Special Olympics Northern California puts on Bay Area Games, which is sponsored by Chevron. You can change a life with a donation to the Schools Partnership Program and Bay Area Games – just click here to donate!

Can’t wait to see everyone on April 28!

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