More than 500 students in kindergarten through 12th grade from special education programs across San Mateo County are expected to compete in track and field events during "Super Sports Day" on Friday, May 5, at the Sequoia High School track, 1201 Brewster Ave. in Redwood City.
Students from Menlo Park, Atherton and Woodside schools will be participating, confirmed Allie Jaarsma, spokesperson for the county's education office.
The event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is organized by the San Mateo County Office of Education and Special Olympics Northern California.
Among the events are the mile run, the 50-yard dash, wheelchair races and the standing long jump.
Local school districts expected to participate are the Las Lomitas Elementary School District and Sequoia Union High School District.
Since the program started in 2001, students in K-12 public schools who are enrolled in special education programs can participate in three seasons of sports throughout the year: soccer, basketball and track & field. The program takes place during the school day with training and fitness integrated into the classroom, according to the county education office.
The program offers "whole school involvement" events in which student-athletes with intellectual, emotional or physical disabilities participate in sports with non-disabled students.