Broken Arrow Public Schools to support Special Olympics team with special sendoff May 16
Cheering and high fives are on the agenda for May 16 as Broken Arrow students, staff and community members gather to celebrate the Special Olympics team traveling to the 49th annual Summer Games. This pep rally will take place at 7 a.m. in Tiger Alley, next to Broken Arrow High School athletics parking lot.
“We are so appreciative of the Broken Arrow community for coming together to show support for our student athletes,” said Katherine Fly, Special Olympics coach and Broken Arrow Freshman Academy teacher. “These kids practice for months to prepare for these summer games, and I know they are excited to continue their success at the state level.”
Every year, the Summer Games take place in Stillwater, Okla., and feature competitions, Olympic-style ceremonies, food, housing and a number of fun activities. Athletes come from 14 geographic areas of Oklahoma where they have completed competitions in their local cities.
“The BAPS Special Olympics team has grown a lot,” said Fly. “This year we are taking 92 students, 53 students special needs and 39 peer partners, and 22 Broken Arrow Public Schools’ staff for a total of 114 people to Stillwater for the Summer Games.”
Broken Arrow’s students will compete in bocce ball and a variety of track and field events.
“Our main goal for Broken Arrow’s Special Olympics team is to make sure our students feel like any other athlete competing for Broken Arrow Public Schools,” said Fly. “This sendoff allows our students to see firsthand the support of their peers, parents, teachers and community members. We can’t wait to be sent off to Stillwater in high spirits.”
About Special Olympics:
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Today more than 10,500 Special Olympics Oklahoma athletes participate in more than 140 sports competitions and training clinic opportunities every year. Competition is offered in 16 official sports. There are opportunities for thousands of volunteers. Visit www.sook.org or call 918-481-1234 for more information.