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Over 500 HDSB students converging for Special Athletics Track Meet

Event takes place June 14
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Students from the Halton District School Board will participate in the 37th annual Special Athletics Track Meet on Friday, June 14, 2024, at Garth Webb Secondary School (2820 Westoak Trails Blvd., Oakville). The track meet for athletes with physical and developmental challenges will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m.

More than 530 athletes are expected to participate in-person - a significant increase from the original 12 athletes who participated when the event began in 1987. Coaches, school staff and home school peers, friends, family members and volunteers provide support and encouragement for the athletes.

The Special Athletics events include 100-metre races, basketball, T-ball, soccer, bowling, obstacle courses, bean bag toss and additional sensory stations.

This event provides athletes with special needs with an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and celebrate their successes with fellow students, friends and family. The Optimist Clubs of Halton Hills, Milton, Oakville and Burlington will be donating and serving hot dogs, hamburgers and cold drinks at the meet. Students from Emily Carr PS will be volunteers.