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Broken Arrow Public Schools to support Special Olympics team with annual sendoff May 15

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Cheering and high fives are on the agenda for May 15 as Broken Arrow students, staff and community members gather to celebrate the Special Olympics team as they travel to the 50th annual Summer Games. This pep rally will take place at 7 a.m. in Tiger Alley, next to the Broken Arrow High School Varsity Training Center parking lot.

"The love shown to our athletes and peers as we leave for the state games each year is the highlight of our season,” said Christina Gould, head Coach for Special Olympics and PE teacher at Liberty Elementary. “Our kids get so much joy from watching their peers cheer them on as they load the buses.”

Every year, the Summer Games are hosted by Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla. These games feature Olympic-style opening ceremonies, competitions and a number of fun activities. Athletes come from 14 geographical areas of Oklahoma where they have completed competitions in their local cities.

"The BA Special Olympics team continues to grow,” said Gould. “What started off as eight students and Coach Greg James loading up in a van has grown to include more than 100 students from four years old to 22 years old. We have a total of 132 students and peers on our roster this year, and of those, we have 81 competing at the state level this year." 

Broken Arrow's students will compete in bocce ball, a variety of track and field events, and the Stars of the Future Competition for Young Athletes.

Visit www.sook.org to learn more.