SMCHS HOSTS SPECIAL OLYMPICS TRACK & FIELD EVENT
The 8th annual event drew more than 300 special needs athletes By Chris Popovec 3/8/2016
SANTA MARGARITA FRESHMAN RILEY WALTERS AND HIS ATHLETE SHARE A SPECIAL MOMENT AFTER AWARDS WERE PRESENTED TO THE ATHLETES. / PHOTO: COURTESY, SMCHS
STUDENTS FROM SANTA MARGARITA CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL AND ATHLETES FROM FOUNTAIN VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL ENJOYING SOME DOWN TIME IN BETWEEN EVENTS. / PHOTO: COURTESY, SMCHS
EACH AND EVERY ATHLETE RECEIVED POSITIVE SUPPORT AND A LOT OF CHEERING DURING THE EVENTS. / PHOTO: COURTESY, SMCHS
SANTA MARGARITA STUDENTS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY LUNCH WITH THEIR ATHLETES AS A BREAK FROM THE COMPETITIONS. / PHOTO: COURTESY, SMCHS
OVER 300 ATHLETES PARTICIPATED IN IN VARIOUS EVENTS INCLUDING THE SOFTBALL THROW ON SANTA MARGARITA’S BASEBALL FIELD. / PHOTO: COURTESY, SMCHS
On Friday, March 4, Santa Margarita Catholic High School welcomed over 300 special needs athletes to the campus of SMCHS to compete in the 8th Annual Special Olympics Track & Field event. These athletes came from several different Southern California school districts including Anaheim, Saddleback and Capistrano Valley with competitors ranging in age from elementary school to adult transitional schools.
Freshman students were there to greet each and every athlete, as well as to serve as ambassadors throughout the day. Students escorted their athletes to the various events and were there to coach and support them.
Athletes competed in the 25-meter dash, the 50-meter dash and the softball toss. Along with the games, athletes made arts and crafts, had their faces painted and even had a dance-off at the end of the day.