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April 20, 2018-Photo by Tracey Roman/for the Press-Telegram Students from local Torrance schools compete at the North High Special Olympics Event Friday afternoon.

Peninsula High School’s Patrick Daley didn’t want to see the Unified Track Meet go away, so he is hosting the event this year.

The event, which brings special needs athletes together for a Special Olympics competition, had taken place at North Torrance the previous two years.

“Our kids really enjoyed it and we wanted to keep it going for our kids,” said Daley, the school’s boys soccer coach and a PE teacher at the school. “We’ve been planning for four to five months and we’re excited about it.”

The event is set for Thursday at Peninsula High, starting at 10:30 a.m. The kickoff for the races (50 meters, 100 meters and relay) will be 11:15 a.m.

“It’s extremely important,” Daley said of this event. “I’m proud to work at a school that is a Unified Champion School. This is an inclusive campus and it feels good to be part of that.”

Peninsula is a Special Olympics Unified Champion School, which promotes social inclusion through planned activities.

According to Daley, several community members will be in attendance, along with the school marching band, choir and L.A. Kings mascot Bailey.

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