School Day Programming
Our School Day Games are the perfect way for class rooms, school systems and surrounding communities to come together for a fun and inclusive day of activities featuring all of the elements of a traditional Special Olympics event.
School Day Games draw some of Special Olympics Massachusetts’ largest event participation, with Boston and Brockton offering the games to more than 350 students throughout their districts. Attleboro and Mashpee each hold regional events for more than 400 students from over 30 schools in their areas.
During a School Day Games event, students participate in the traditional Opening Ceremony, compete or participate in three or more activities (depending on the sports chosen) and each is awarded for their accomplishments in a ceremonial awards presentation at the end of the event.
What makes School Day Games so appealing to schools is that the events are customizable. They can be a combination of any sports, skills or motor skill development activities.
In addition to School Day Games, schools can offer a physical education training curriculum for up to 10 weeks that will culminate in a competition. Depending on the size of the school or district, other surrounding towns and districts can be invited to attend the culminating competition. All of the training can be customized to offer a combination of sports, skills or motor skill development.
For Schools/School Districts with inclusive physical education classes, Special Olympics offers a training curriculum for Unified Sports® which allows for both students with and without intellectual disabilities to participate side by side in a truly inclusive setting.
Currently basketball, flag football, soccer and track & field are the sports being offered at School Day Games throughout the state.