When general education students get involved with the Special Olympics Northern California Schools Partnership Program, it often does more for them than their schoolmates with intellectual disabilities. Nine times out of 10, the students without disabilities realize they have more in common with the students receiving special education than they thought. It’s a great way to break down barriers, forge new friendships, spread respect for all, and most importantly – have fun!
After she had a blast at a skills day (read about it here!), Galileo Academy of Science and Technology’s ASB President Rebecca spoke to us about her schools involvement. See more about the skills day by clicking here and read her thoughts below!
Our Unified Schools: What made you want to get involved?
Rebecca: I found out about Special Olympics through an email I received from my ASB advisor. The idea of getting to know our fellow classmates motivated me to get involved with Special Olympics. My school does not have strong student body unity. By beginning to mend our connections with the students in the special education department seemed like the perfect way to start.
Our Unified Schools: What was your role at the event?
Rebecca: At the event, I was one of the volunteers who assisted the students with intellectual disabilities. I taught them the various basketball lingo along with physical demonstrations of them. I was also a motivator and supporter to the students as I cheered them on during the game while also playing alongside them as their teammate.
Our Unified Schools: What was something about the event that surprised you?
Rebecca: By participating in this event, I was surprised by the capability of the students to learn and adapt quickly to the motives and strategies of the game of basketball. When I communicated with them, their intellectual disabilities were extremely undetectable. They were anxious for more knowledge and very friendly.
Thanks Rebecca and Galileo High School!