Special Olympics Spring School Games Comes to CVUSD

It was a morning of inclusion, smiles, and friendly competition at the 6th annual Newbury Park High School (NPHS) hosted Special Olympics Spring School Games on Saturday, May 19th. More than 170 Special Olympics athletes ranging in age from 5 to 22 participated in track and field events with guidance from 200 student volunteer buddies.  Each athlete was paired with a volunteer buddy, and together they shared in the morning of athletic events, friendship building, and more!

The Opening Ceremony kicked off with a formal parade procession of athletes and their buddies marching behind banners to the music of the NPHS band. There were special performances from CVUSD students, including a performance of the Opening Ceremony song by students from NPHS’s Sign Language classes.

athlete with medalEvery athlete had the opportunity to stand on the podium, as each event heat featured three athletes, allowing all competitors to go home a gold, silver, or bronze medal winner. Athletes from across Ventura County were invited to participate with representation from eight Conejo Valley Unified Schools, Fillmore, Boswell – Ventura County Office of Education, Pleasant Valley, and Royal High School in Simi Valley.

In addition to the free to participate in athletic games, there was a community fair with carnival booths featuring everything from face painting, and cookie decorating to musical chairs and friendship bracelet making.

This event was made possible thanks to countless hours of devoted time from Newbury Park High School’s Special Education Department, student volunteers, community volunteers, and invaluable community sponsors such as Costco, Kiwanis of Thousand Oaks, Torgersen Dentist, and Judy’s Donuts who donated gifts in kind.

Congratulations to all athletes!

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