First Lady Michelle Obama declares the 2015 Special Olympics World Games officially open during the opening ceremony at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong/File)

First Lady Michelle Obama declares the 2015 Special Olympics World Games officially open during the opening ceremony at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong/File)

Pittsburgh Public Schools Unified Track and Field and Special Olympics of Pennsylvania began in early March to create a Special Olympics partnership with Pittsburgh Public Schools.

The district’s Special Olympics takes place between the seven Pittsburgh Public Schools participants which includes: Alderdice, Brashear, Carrick, Obama Academy, Perry, Westinghouse, and Margaret Milliones University Preparatory School.

The Unified Special Olympics is a track season of ten weeks, where students practice twice a week at their schools in preparation for competition.

Coach/Coordinator of PPS Special Olympics Mike Bovino said, “On a unified sports team there are students with disabilities and students without disabilities. There is full inclusion, its co-ed, and it promotes friendships and team pride. The students started training early March, and practice twice a week at their schools. Every week we have seen progress and improvement from all of the students. And today at the City Championships, will give them the opportunity to showcase their skills.”

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