More than 400 special-needs students from 13 high schools across Simcoe County took part in an inclusive outdoor Olympic Extravaganza, testing their skills in a host of events.

Hosted at Bear Creek Secondary School in Barrie on June 14, students were invited to participate in about 20 different events, including a chicken throw and hockey shootout. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Special Olympics Ontario, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Over the past five decades, Special Olympics has grown from a modest program serving local athletes to the world’s largest movement dedicated to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sports.

Simcoe County District School Board photo