Special Olympics San Mateo County Schools Partnership Program
With the collaboration of the San Mateo County Office of Education and Special Olympics Northern California, a partnership has been formed that can provide Special Day Class (SDC) teachers and their students the opportunity to participate in three different sports during the school year. This unique partnership allows the entire program to be offered at no expense to the students, teachers, or individual schools.
Since its inception in March of 2001, this program has grown from less than ten school age athletes, to include over 1,100 students from many of the 24 school districts in the county. The program takes place during the school day with training and fitness integrated into the classroom. Student athletes train and compete in 3 seasonal sports; soccer, basketball and track & field. For many, this is their first opportunity to compete, be part of a team or to be cheered on by their family and friends.
The Special Olympics Schools Partnership Program is a unique education program in K-12 public schools. This program is about more than sports; it is a valuable education program that unifies disabled and non-disabled students, via Whole School Involvement, bringing acceptance and respect to their campuses. Through their interaction with the student-athletes, the non-disabled students learn respect and acceptance of people with intellectual, emotional and physical disabilities and to dispel negative attitudes and stereotypes. There is no question that the life lessons gained for both the special education student-athletes and the non-disabled students goes far beyond the playing field of sports and are ones that are ingrained in them for the rest of their lives.
Learn more about the Special Olympics Northern California Schools Partnership Program.
How to Get Involved
Our events would not be possible without the help and support of our extraordinary volunteers! We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help out before, during and after our events! For more information on how to become a volunteer, contact Roselle Loudon. We truly appreciate your efforts to help make these events special and memorable for our student athletes!
Special Olympics Super Sports Day 2019
More than 1,000 student-athletes from 18 public school districts, several private schools, and the San Mateo County Office of Education participated this year in San Mateo County’s Super Sports Days, which unify students with and without disabilities through athletic competition in track and field events.