Special education student-athletes from and a number of local schools traveled to Acalanes High School in Lafayette Tuesday to compete in the Bay Area Games, the first interscholastic competition created specifically for special education student-athletes in the Bay Area.
In total, 330 students, representing San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda and Contra Costa counties competed in three different track and field disciplines.
The events began at 10 a.m. with opening ceremonies, featuring a performance by the Meher Children’s School Chorus, a parade of athletes with representation from each of the 21 schools, and the running of the Flame of Hope by law enforcement and Special Olympics athletes.
“Today was a great day for special education in the Bay Area,” said Cathy DeVries, Vice President Youth Sports, Special Olympics Northern California. “The student-athletes had the opportunity to compete against students from other districts and counties. They had the chance to create new friendships and were supported all day by student volunteers. There were a lot of smiles out there today. It was a great celebration of sport.”