Friday, June 08, 2007

Students shine at Special Olympics

Hundreds of Boston Public Schools students enjoyed a sunny morning of fun athletic activities yesterday at White Stadium during the BPS Special Olympics. After a hiatus for several years due to funding issues, the Special Olympics returned to Boston to provide students from seven high schools and four elementary schools with an opportunity to exercise, compete, and celebrate. This year, Boston and Malden became the first communities in Massachusetts to include younger students in the games. While most Special Olympics athletes are at least 8 years old, Boston launched the new "Unified Young Athletes" program, in which students ages 3-8 from inclusion classrooms -- that is, students with and without disabilites -- participate together. The event was sponsored in part by Special Olympics of Massachusetts.

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