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Special Olympics event celebrates inclusivity, achievement

Special Olympics Ontario hosted an elementary sports festival at Castlemore Public School in Marham, an event that welcomed students from eight local elementary schools.

Students with a variety of special education needs participated in floor curling, basketball, bocce, soccer, floor hockey and bowling.

“All those sports are basically ones we host in our communities for either secondary school community athletes that compete in Special Olympics as well as mainstream community athletes,” said Special Olympics Ontario Program Developer Ryan Colpitts.

“My favourite part has been basketball because it’s fun. You can practise so you can become more active,” said Moosa, a student from Legacy P.S., also in Markham. Grade 7 students from Castlemore P.S. helped run the events. “Seeing the enthusiasm from my students cheering on all the schools and really just helping out the students and the teaches is amazing to see,” says Grade 7 teacher Sherryl Gomez.

The photo is a screenshot from a video provided courtesy of the York Region District School Board.

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