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SAN JOSE, CA – Nine hundred student-athletes from across the Bay Area will gather at West Valley College for the 40th annual Kiwanis Special Games on Friday, May 18.
Students from the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) Special Education programs will join other student competitors in an all-inclusive event that allows students to compete at his or her own pace.
The event will begin with a Parade of Athletes at 9:15 a.m., followed by an opening ceremony featuring West Valley College President, Bradley Davis and the Mayor of the City of Saratoga. Athletes will compete in 18 games including running, softball toss, Frisbee throw, bean bag drop, and other events tailored to fit a wide range of abilities.
SCCOE staff work with their classes throughout the year to prepare for the big event.
"I love the Special Games," says Kellie Pena, a paraeducator in the medically fragile program at Gateway School. "Getting our students outdoors in the big crowds, where kids are seeing their peers, meeting old friends, and making new ones, it is exhausting by the end of the day, and so worth it."
"This annual event is a great opportunity for our students to compete and succeed in an athletic competition which builds self-esteem and to build social ties and make friends. For many of our students, this is the best day of the year," says County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Mary Ann Dewan.
WHAT: Kiwanis Special Games XL
WHEN: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Friday, May 18, 2018
WHERE: West Valley College 14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, California
Admission is free and paid parking is available in the West Valley College lot, though it may become impacted once all participants have arrived. Arrive early for best selection.
For more information: Contact Kiwanis Club of Los Altos at (650) 735-1552.
Kiwanis Clubs of CalNevHa Divisions 34 & 12 currently manage the Special Games program.
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