SF State hosts Special Olympics athletes from San Francisco schools

Sunday, March 22, 2020
Special Olympics athlete works on basketball skills

A Special Olympics athlete works on basketball skills under the supervision of a Kinesiology student. (Photo by Angelina Wong)

On March 3, San Francisco State University hosted more than 300 Special Olympics athletes from San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) for a basketball event. SF State students engaged with the youth athletes from the community and applied their knowledge and teaching skills. 

Department of Kinesiology Physical Education and Adapted Physical Education faculty members Kent Lorenz, Andy Yao and Claudia Guedes worked with their classes to develop skill stations and facilitate inclusive play for elementary school students. Three student organizations — the Kinesiology Student Association, Gator Strong Strength and Conditioning Club, and Exercise is Medicine — contributed volunteer support.  

PE student dances with Special Olympics athleteEvents like this provide a unique experience for SF State students that cannot be replicated within regular classrooms. The Kinesiology faculty members are grateful to everyone within SF State who helped facilitate this event (SF State Athletics, Parking & Transportation, University Police, Facilities Services, Event Services and the College of Health and Social Sciences) and to community partners (SFUSD and the Special Olympics of Northern California) for providing a memorable experience for all who participated. 

Photo caption: An SF State Physical Education student dances with a Special Olympics athlete. (Photo by Angelina Wong)