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Special Olympics Track is a Great Success

Original post made by Ken mano, Willow West, on May 14, 2023

IT TAKES A VILLAGE!

The East Bay Special Olympics track meet was held Saturday, May 6th at the Amador Valley High School track. Athletes from Pleasanton, Contra Costa, Napa, Solano and throughout the East Bay participated in the meet, which is one of the sports training and competition events for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. See www.SONC.org for more information.

This is the 19th year that the Amador Valley Athletic Boosters have hosted the Track meet in Pleasanton. Over 300 volunteers from throughout the East Bay helped support the event, including city officials.
Pleasanton Mayor, Karla Brown, welcomed the athletes in the Opening Ceremonies and started the games with the familiar “Let the Games Begin”. Police Captain Kurt Schlehuber was the MC and the Police color guard did an impressive job presenting the colors. Zoe Havard, an Amador Valley student did a beautiful job singing the National Anthem.

The Pleasanton Unified School District provided the facilities, the Amador Valley Athletic Boosters ran the snack bar, donating the proceeds to Special Olympics. Police Sgt Ryan Tujague spent the entire day presenting awards to the winners of the events. The San Leandro Kiwanis provided lunches for the athletes and volunteers, there were a lot of leftover lunches which were taken to the Livermore Homeless Refuge and given to homeless and needy families.

Volunteers came from Amador Valley and Foothill High schools, National Charity League, Boys Team Charity and Young Men’s Service League in Pleasanton and other East Bay communities, also PLAY Leadership, Greystar, Renewal by Anderson, University of Pacific Physical Therapy Department and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Many comments from coaches and Special Olympics staff said the Pleasanton volunteers are the best. Of course, we believe that.

The local Pleasanton T-RADD team participated in the Track Meet with a record number of participants and eight coaches, they received many medals in their events.

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