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Rooney: Second annual “Day of Champions” on deck at Silver Creek

The first one was such a hit, the Raptors just had to do it again.

Silver Creek unveiled its “Day of Champions” last year after then-senior Hannah Foster brainstormed the project as part of her course work in the school’s Leadership Academy. Wanting to give special needs students an opportunity to enjoy the thrill of competitive sports, Foster and the Silver Creek administration launched the “Day of Champions,” where Raptors students lead special needs students from across the St. Vrain Valley School District through Olympic-style ceremonies and fun-filled competitions.

The second annual “Day of Champions” will be held Saturday at Silver Creek beginning with the Opening Ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. The event is open to the public.

“It’s a very special day, and it would be great to have people come out and support these kids,” Silver Creek athletic director Marty Tonjes said. “It’s just a great opportunity to give our special needs students a chance to be included in an exciting event.”

Following the Opening Ceremonies students (with helping hands from Silver Creek students) will compete in basketball and track events before the “Day of Champions” culminates in a kickball game, Closing Ceremonies, and lunch.

About a dozen students participated in the “Day of Champions” last year and as of Thursday morning that total had been doubled this year. Potential participants can register at Silver Creek on Saturday morning before the event.

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