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Broken Arrow Public Schools to support Special Olympics team with annual sendoff May 17

Cheering and high fives are on the agenda for May 17 as Broken Arrow students, staff and community members gather to celebrate the Special Olympics team as they travel to the annual Summer Games. This sendoff will take place at 7 a.m. outside of the Broken Arrow High School fieldhouse. 

"Being a part of the sendoff gives our students all the energy going off to State Games,” said Christina Gould, head coach for the district's Special Olympics team. “There is nothing better than being celebrated by the entire community.”

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.

“This year is going to be the biggest year in several years with many teams coming back into action," Gould said. "We are taking over 100 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, cornhole, and powerlifting.

Visit www.sook.org to learn more.