SDUHSD’s Adapted PE softball tournament

By Karen Billing

San Dieguito Union High School District’s (SDUHSD) eighth annual adapted PE softball tournament was once again a hit with students, a special day to put the softball skills they have learned into action. The students were all smiles as they hit the diamond at Earl Warren Middle School on May 22.

The tournament included teams from Carmel Valley Middle School, Earl Warren, Del Mar Union School District, Solana Beach School District and La Costa Canyon High School (LCC).

Kasey Galik, the adapted PE teacher at LCC, Earl Warren and Carmel Valley Middle, organizes the tournament every year, in addition to a basketball tournament and soccer games.

“We’re not playing against each other, we’re playing with each other to have a great time,” Galik said.

Peer buddies cheered on and assisted the adapted PE students in the game, helping them swing bats at the plate and run the bases.

Adapted PE teachers from the participating districts also helped lead the day, including Chris Stone from SDUHSD, Karen Ulrich and Katherine Creighton from Del Mar Union School District and Jennette Diamond, adapted PE professor from Azusa Pacific University.

The tournament received donations of snacks from the local Vons, and the Earl Warren Parent Teacher Student Association was able to buy baseball hats for all the participants—the hats read “APE All Stars” and were worn with pride.

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