Our favorite time of year is finally here – we’re just weeks away from Bay Area Games! We’re very excited for the fourth installment of Bay Area Games, which will be held April 28 at Acalanes High School in Lafayette. Read on to see more about one of the highlights of the Schools Partnership Program!

What Is Bay Area Games?
The 2015 Bay Area Games is the fourth annual interscholastic competition created specifically for special education students-athletes and their general education peers. More than 650 students – both general and special education – will team up as athletes, partners and volunteers to participate in an invitational track & field competition known as Bay Area Games. 

Several Northern California Special Olympics athletes will get an international tour in their own golden state when they compete at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games. Five Special Olympics Northern California athletes will be part of the 491-member delegation that will represent the United States at the Games, which will be held July 25-Aug. 2, 2015, in Los Angeles. 


Renewing an athlete application has never been easier!

Class votes for Chelsea to give commencement speech!


On May 29th Chelsea Weiss, Special Olympics athlete and volunteer receptionist in the Pleasant Hill headquarters office, graduated from DVC Community College. Chelsea was a part of the transition program for students with disabilities. Highly respected by her classmates, she was chosen by her class to be a speaker at the graduation. Her speech was heartfelt and mentioned that Special Olympics was a big part of her development.  


On Thursday, March 21, people all over the world will celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. In its eighth overall year and the second since it was recognized by the United Nations, World Down Syndrome Day is held 3-21 to symbolize a third copy of the 21st chromosome in people with Down syndrome. 



In honor of the day, Special Olympics Northern California is highlighting one of our amazing athletes Matthew, who has Down syndrome. Please enjoy some excerpts from Matthew’s mother Lalaine about parenting a child with Down syndrome:


On Matthew:



I was 12 years old I started swimming for Special Olympics and I am 22 years old. I am globle messenger. I got 4 gold medels and I have lots more medels in my keepsake box and my medels in it.


  Loretta Anne Dobbins


Hundreds Getting Ready for Competition!

Susie told the following story to more than 200 guests at Special Olympics 2010 Celebrity Winterfest.

Susie Enos

Susie told the following story to more than 200 guests at Special Olympics 2010 Celebrity Winterfest.

When I was born, my mom and dad were so happy.  They had two sons and were so glad to have a baby girl.  But their happiness was short-lived when they found out that I had Down syndrome.  Forty one years ago when I was born, people did not talk much about such things, and it never occurred to my mom and dad that they would not have a perfect baby like everyone else. 

The weekend of June 22, 900 athletes and volunteer coaches will descend on the U.C. Davis campus to compete in the Spring Sport season championships.  After weeks of training, followed by participation at a Regional competitions, athletes will compete in aquatics, bocce, tennis or track & field.


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