Mt. San Jacinto College Hosts Special Olympics

Mt. San Jacinto College Hosts Special Olympics

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The 2019 Special Olympics for the communities of Banning, Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint, Beaumont and the San Jacinto Unified School District will be held at Mt. San Jacinto College on Tuesday, April 16.    The event kicks-off shortly after 9:00 a.m. with the traditional Parade of Athletes. More than 300 Special Olympian athletes will participate in a wide range of track and field events. The events include everything from standing long jump, relays, 50M wheelchair race as well as tennis ball throws. The athletes also will compete in a Team Bocce competition. To prepare themselves for the competition athletes train at their respective schools in the days leading up to the event.  Commenting on the event Dr. Roger Schultz, Superintendent/President of Mt. San Jacinto College said, “We look forward to hosting Special Olympics at MSJC,” adding,  “MSJC is dedicated to partnerships like this with our local K-12 partners and the Special Olympics so we can contribute to the achievements of all of our students. We look forward to seeing the student-athletes compete and shine at this event.” Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities with 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries – and millions more volunteers and supporters. The School Games event provides training and competitive sports options to elementary, middle and high school special education students. It encourages youth participation, inclusion, and leadership in local schools and prepares school-age students for participation in Special Olympics Southern California sports opportunities beyond the school day. “This is the third year our San Jacinto High students are participating in the games, and the second year for our middle schools to join in,” said Diane Perez, Superintendent of San Jacinto Unified School District. “I know our students train and work hard to be competitive and show their track and field skills. I know that the smiles on the students’ faces as they cross the finish line and receive a medal will be priceless.”

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