The Switzer Learning Center (Switzer), a Torrance Refinery neighbor, is a nonprofit educational organization serving young people in our community with behavioral and/or developmental challenges. The Center provides individualized intensive special education to help students and young adults achieve academic success, believe in themselves, and to thrive in life.
A longtime partner with the organization, Torrance Refining Company’s Workforce Involvement Program employee volunteers recently supported Switzer’s 23rd annual Special Olympics. This one-day event included Olympic-style competitive activities to help students of all learning abilities exercise and practice their social skills.
Telpher Youman, Dean of Students at Switzer explained “The Olympics Day event encourages community togetherness, healthy competition, and engages students who rarely get to participate in physical, outdoor activities.” This event is simply one of many activities and initiatives led by Switzer to help young people with special needs develop their skills, talents, and abilities.
Refinery employees helped oversee the games and served up a wholesome lunch to these incredible athletes. Torrance Refinery Environmental Advisor Ann Do shared “I love kids and always strive to do what I can to help the young people in our community, so I really enjoyed volunteering for Switzer’s Olympics Day. It was great to see kids with special needs enjoy a day in the park, exercising their abilities and experience being able to achieve through sports. Switzer does a great job and I look forward to volunteering again.”