By Jacob Pamus
March 4, 2023 (Santee) -- The Kiwanis Club of Santee is organizing a Special Olympics for Southern California at West Hills High School on May 20. Kiwanis is partnering with the Southern California Special Olympics Committee for this project highlighting the achievements of special needs athletes.
A.J. Tota, who works with Kiwanis, explained that after years of delay due to COVID-19, they were able to bring back the Junior Olympics for the Santee school district in 2022. This year they decided they wanted to do more for the community, so they are now also bringing back the annual Special Olympics even to our region.
At this time, they are expecting 500-700 athletes from across Southern California with various intellectual disabilities in ages ranging from 8-28. A.J. believes this event is enriching and exciting for these special athletes and their families. About 700 volunteers are needed so SOSC and Kiwanis are reaching out to all individuals, donors, and local businesses who are willing to help out.
Kiwanis is championing this event as an opportunity for local special needs programs to collaborate together more often and to raise awareness for these programs.
You can learn more about the event via the link below.