The Tri-Valley Rockets started out as a basketball team with a bunch of little kids a few years ago. These kids with developmental disabilities practiced once a week and participated in the Special Olympics basketball tournament in Pleasanton. Most of these “kids” are now graduated from high school, but they’re still together and start practice in January until the tournament in March. They now have three teams on three different levels and each of them won the Gold medal in their level. Last weekend the team participated in the two day basketball tournament held at Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton Middle School and Harvest Park Middle School. Congratulations to our own Tri-Valley Rockets.
This was the 11th year that the Amador Valley Athletic Boosters have hosted the Special Olympics events for Basketball, Track and Volleyball. The original purpose of participating in Special Olympics was to give our athletes the opportunity to "give back" to the community. Since then our athletes, student, parents as well as other community organizations have volunteered to provide this service to the Special Olympics athletes.
Basketball was just concluded with 65 teams participating from Monterey to Napa, and 420 volunteers from AVHS, FHS, NCL, BTC, LDS and other community groups. Greg Thome, one of our active boosters from prior years still coordinates and scheduled 60 referees this year, many from the CYO.
Opening Ceremonies was held each day with Kevin Johnson, Senior Director of the PUSD and Jamie Hintzke, President of the PUSD School board giving the welcoming addresses. The PUSD and AVHS support Special Olympics by providing the facilities for these events. Many of the volunteers return year after year, one of the lunch volunteers said it was her 6th year. Others volunteer saying that this is a great family activity and participate every year. Some high school volunteers have chosen Special Education and other special needs fields because of the volunteer experience.
The Boosters continue to support Special Olympics by hosting the games, providing volunteers and T-Shirts for the volunteers and running a Snack Bar for the Track Meet, donating the proceeds to Special Olympics.
The next event will be Track and Volleyball, hosted by the Boosters on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014.
Special Olympics Coordinator
Amador Valley High School Athletic Boosters