Uplifting, inspiring, and empowering.
Those are just a few of the words to describe the DSBN’s annual Special Olympics event. Held in June, students come together to challenge themselves, meet new friends and experience success in a number of athletic contests. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, June 12.
“Every student has their own unique gifts and talents,” said Andy Dermatas, Harriet Tubman Public School teacher who also serves on the Special Olympics organizing committee. “The Special Olympics gives students an opportunity to put their abilities on display in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.”
This celebration of student success will take place at Welland Centennial Secondary School between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Over 650 students from more than 60 DSBN schools will take part in different events including long jump, softball throw and several racing events. Each student will be attempting to obtain a personal best.
This is the first year the event will be held at a DSBN school. The DSBN recently installed a synthetic turf field, eight-lane running track, and facilities for field events at Welland Centennial. “It’s just a beautiful facility and I’m sure the students will love it,” says Dermatas.
Participating students also have the opportunity to qualify for the provincial games.
Date: Wednesday, June 12
Time: Opening Ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m.
Location: Welland Centennial, 140 Thorold Road West, Welland