With plenty of championship banners adorning the walls and raucous cheers echoing from the gymnasium of Newark Memorial High School, you'd think there was a state title on the line. But even better were the 250 students receiving special education services playing in the inaugural Schools Partnership Program basketball competition, put on by Special Olympics Northern California and Mission Valley SELPA.
The event was the culmination of eight weeks of training for the students receiving special education instruction in Fremont, New Haven and Newark school districts. It was the first basketball competition in the area after American High School hosted a soccer competition in November.
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About Anna Oleson-Wheeler: Anna Oleson-Wheeler works in marketing for Special Olympics Northern California