Hillview High School hosted the 3rd Annual Hawk Games on Thursday, February 16, 2017. One hundred and eighty special Education students from Benson Elementary, Utt Middle School, Currie Middle School, Beckman High School, Foothill High School and Tustin High School joined the students and staff from Hillview for a day of sports, games and activities. Hillview students “buddied” up with a visiting student and spent the day exploring the stations, enjoying each other’s company and having fun! As one of the Hillview seniors, Marcos Rojas, stated “I am having the time of my life. I wish everyone could experience what it’s like to work with these kids. They have such big hearts.”
The Hawk Games were inspired by the Special Games hosted annually by California State University, Fullerton. The founder of the Special Games, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, strongly believed that people with disabilities benefit greatly from physical activities and interaction. From her passion, the Special Games were born. Hillview students have volunteered at this event for over ten years. Hillview decided to host a smaller version of this event with all students from Tustin. Like the Special Games, Hillview has many sports activities including basketball, bowling, t-ball, soccer and bean bag toss. Some of the most popular activities were face painting, the bubble station, and dancing! The day was complete with the “buddies” lunching together under the trees at Hillview. There were smiles all around throughout the days, and there were hugs and some tears when the day was over.