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PVHS will host the 10th annual Special Olympics High School Area Games for Track and Field on Wednesday, May 10.

Opening ceremonies are at 9:30am and the public is invited to come and watch.

More than 150 athletes are expected to participate in the softball throw, broad jump, running long jump, 25m and 50m sprints, and a relay race. The event will bring out the hosting school’s students as the audience and will have participation from numerous student body groups like band, cheer, and student council.

This is the 10th anniversary for the event and represents the importance of the partnership between Special Olympics and the special education programs of the local high schools, according to PVHS Special Education Teacher Jody Dowell.

"What sets this event apart is that it is for the local high school students during the school day,’’ Dowell added. "This allows for more participation and involvement of students. Since the very first event held at Allan Hancock College, the event has grown from 3 high schools to 4 high school programs and 3 county education classrooms. Over the past several years the event has also grown to include a lunch for all the athletes and a dance party afterwards.’’

Students will participate from Pioneer Valley High School, Righetti High School, Santa Maria High School, SMJUHSD’s Transition Vocational Program, Santa Barbara County Education Office, Cabrillo High School, and Lompoc High School.

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