Athletes and Refinery employee volunteers in action!

Refinery Employee Volunteer Team

In partnership with Special Olympics Southern California, North High held its second annual Special Olympics track meet on April 20th for 80 athletes from North, Peninsula, and Locke High Schools. Athletes with disabilities and without competed in the 50 meter and 100 meter races, and the 4×100 meter unified relay during the competition.

Torrance Refining Company LLC was the event’s major sponsor, and refinery employee volunteers helped facilitate the track meet, serving as time keepers and race coordinators.

“We are thrilled to be part of such a special event,” commented Torrance Refinery Community Relations Manager Barbara Graham. “Watching how hard these athletes compete, and seeing them working together to support one another is really inspiring.”

North High Teacher Krissy Duperron created the event two years ago to bring together athletes from varying backgrounds and cultures. In only its second year, the event has already tripled in size, thanks in large part to Duperron’s enthusiasm and leadership.

“North High is such a diverse school, and this event is a great way to bring everyone together to promote teamwork and collaboration, while having a lot fun,” said Duperron. “And, having the refinery support the event in such a big way really shows how much our North Torrance community comes together to provide opportunities for our students.”

Hundreds of North High students attended the track meet to cheer on the athletes, and the North High Band provided entertainment throughout the day. There was also a special visit from the cheerleading squads of the Los Angeles Clippers, Lakers, and Rams.

The event kicked-off with welcoming remarks from Torrance Mayor Patrick Furey, and concluded with an awards presentation during which each athlete received a medal for their efforts.

To learn more about the event, read the Daily Breeze’s coverage by clicking here.