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Hart Games 2010 challenge students with special needs

Posted: March 25, 2010 3:17 p.m.
Updated: March 25, 2010 3:29 p.m.
 
Approximately 250 students with special needs from across the Wm. S. Hart Union High School District will gather on the field at Valencia High School Wednesday, March 31, for the first Hart Games 2010 track and field meet.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and starts with opening ceremonies, the National Anthem, and a ceremonial lap around the track.

Running and field events start with the 50-yard dash, then the 100-yard dash, 200-meter run and the 400-meter relay.

A softball throw and running long jump will be underway simultaneously in the center field as students compete for ribbons and medals.

The district-wide competition is sponsored by the Adaptive Physical Education Department with a goal of stimulating an interest in physical activity among special needs students and rewarding those who achieve. Students will be participating from La Mesa,

Rancho Pico and Rio Norte junior high schools and Canyon, Golden Valley and Valencia high schools.

"We are so proud of the athletes that are competing in this event," commented Patti Miller, Hart Games director. "They have spent the past several months preparing and training to get the opportunity to compete. We are sure this will be just the first for this event and others that will come in the following years."

"We were able to pull this event off this year because of all the great volunteers and sponsors that so generously donated both money and time to make sure this event is a success," Miller continued. She offered a special thank-you to Valencia High School for hosting this year's event and supporting the games' organizers. 

Miller especially cited Valencia's track team, which has helped with equipment and provided more than 40 volunteers from the track and field team.

Adaptive PE teacher Spencer Pinkston helped to organize the volunteers for the track meet as part of his Eagle Scout project for the Boy Scouts of America.

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