On May 6, the Long Beach Public Schools’ Special Olympics Team competed in its first of two competitions this season at Hampton Bays High School. Nine Long Beach athletes received medals for their outstanding performances in the 50-meter dash, running long jump and softball toss.

The team members competed in their final event on May 19 at Bethpage High School, where eight Long Beach contenders earned a total of 16 medals. The overwhelming feeling of joy and determination was palpable throughout the events and teachers and staff members continue to admire the perseverance of all participants. The athletes are already looking forward to next year’s events!