BRENTWOOD, Calif. – On May 11, approximately 415 student athletes hit track and field facility at Liberty High School, Brentwood for the annual Special Olympics Schools Partnership Program Track and Field Events.
The student athletes’ ages ranged from kindergarten to transition students (ages 18-22).
Throughout the busy morning and early afternoon, the student athletes took part in a number of track and field events. The day was filled with plenty of determination, encouragement, and celebration in achievement – plus a lot of smiles.
Sherri Roberti, Contra Costa County Office of Education’s (CCCOE) Special Olympics Schools Partnership Program coordinator and special education teacher, said, “Despite the blustery day, we had more than 40 special-education classes in attendance. The students had a blast engaging in the turbo-javelin, softball throw, standing long jump, and the 50- and 100-meter races. The day finished with a super-fast Unified Relay Race that was enjoyed by all!”
The event’s East County participating special education classes came from the following schools: Krey, Los Medanos, and Turner elementary schools; Hillview, Martin Luther King, Edna Hill, O’Hara Park, Park, and Rancho Medanos middle schools; Antioch, Deer Valley, Freedom, Heritage, Liberty, and Pittsburg high schools; and Deer Valley, Gateway Program, Heritage, and Liberty transition schools.
The Special Olympics Northern California Schools Partnership Program is a unique education program in K-12 schools. It unifies students with and without disabilities through sports and whole-school involvement activities that provide them with the knowledge, experience, and skills necessary to create and sustain school communities that promote inclusion, acceptance, and respect for all students.