Special Olympics a Special Day for Students 

 

Uplifting.  

Inspiring. 

Empowering.  

Those are just a few of the words to describe the DSBN’s annual Special Olympics event. Held each year in June, students come together to challenge themselves, meet new friends and experience success in a number of athletic contests. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2015.   

“Every student has their own unique gifts and talents,” said Andy Dermatas, Power Glen Public School teacher who also serves on the Special Olympics organizing committee. “The Special Olympics gives students an opportunity to put their abilities on display in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.”  

The event is considered the highlight of the year for many students, even those not taking part. Anna Belford, a Grade 8 student at Power Glen, has been volunteering at the event for the past three years. “The smiles on the athletes’ faces are priceless and a truly beautiful thing to see. I’m proud to call myself a volunteer,” said Belford.  

This celebration of student success will take place at the Niagara Olympic Club behind the DSBN Academy on Louth Street in St. Catharines between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Hundreds of elementary and secondary students from public schools across Niagara will to take part in different events including long jump, softball throw and team relay races. Each student will be attempting to obtain a personal best. 

Event Details: 

Date: Wednesday, June 10 

Time: 9:30 a.m. 

Raindate: Thursday, June 11 

Location: Niagara Olympic Club, 130 Louth Street, St. Catharines