Watch Fierce (but Friendly) Competition at the 12th Annual Hart Games

Valencia, Calif.— Hip-Hip-Hooray for the 12th Annual Hart Games which return on Monday, March 18, 2024, at Valencia High School in Valencia, Calif., from 10 am to 1 pm. The opening ceremonies start at 10 am sharp with a ceremonial lap and National Anthem.
Approximately 350 special education students from seven schools throughout the Hart District (La Mesa, Rio Norte, Rancho Pico, and Arroyo Seco junior high schools and Canyon, Golden Valley, and Valencia high schools) along with three other schools outside of the district (Trinity Classical Academy, Agape Village, and Santa Clarita Valley International School) will compete at the yearly track and field meet, sponsored and organized by Hart District’s Adapted Physical Education Department.
The games are a culmination of a physical education track and field unit and a way for special needs students to showcase their skills and build camaraderie. The competition is fierce — but friendly. “We are so proud of the athletes that are competing this year. They have been training diligently and are very excited,” said Patti Miller, director of the Hart Games. “The students who compete take it seriously, but we ensure they all have fun while doing so.”
All track athletes receive ribbons as they cross the finish line. No matter the place or pace, volunteers make every athlete feel as if they won first as they hand them their ribbons with high fives, “knuckles” and cheers. “Our special athletes will bask in the glow of being the center of attention in an arena that is typically reserved for the physically gifted,” Miller added. “Our athletes have to face many challenges even to participate, so this is a day to celebrate their accomplishments.”
Miller notes that the event has thrived for a dozen years because of the outstanding support and hard work from the Hart District’s teachers and approximately 90 volunteers and parents who generously donate their time to this program. “A huge thank you to our Adapted Physical Education Department for making this happen,” she said. “We are grateful!”
The Hart Games include:
● 50 yard dash / 100 yard dash / 200 meter dash
● 100 yard hurdles
● 4 x 100 baton relay
● running long jump
● high jump
● shot put, discus, javelin and softball throw
Events take place simultaneously across the field with students competing for ribbons.
Get a sneak peek here:
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Event: The 12th Annual Hart Games
Date: Monday, March 18, 2024, from 10 am - 1 pm. The opening ceremonies promptly start at 10 am.
Location: Valencia High School Stadium, 27801 North Dickason Dr., Valencia, CA 91355
Admission: Free