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Broken Arrow Public Schools to support Special Olympics team with annual sendoff May 11

Cheering and high fives are on the agenda for May 11 as Broken Arrow students, staff and community members gather to celebrate the Special Olympics team as they travel to the annual Summer Games. This pep rally will take place at 7:15 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 the district's Special Olympics team. “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.

“We are excited to be back in action with the Summer State Games this year and cannot wait to get to Stillwater next week," Gould said. "We are taking 80 athletes and peers from across the district to compete in four different sports. We are grateful for the support of our district and our community.”

Broken Arrow's students will compete in bocce ball, a variety of track and field events, golf skills, and powerlifting. 

Visit www.sook.org to learn more.