Lezlie Sterling / lsterling@sacbee.com

Garret Smith, right, congratulates Miggy Magallanes with a celebratory handshake after Magallanes played his first soccer game May 23 at the Oakmont High School football stadium. Oakmont’s soccer team players paired up with a group of special education students to give them the experience of playing on a team.

Exposures: I Care: It’s team play for students at Oakmont High in Roseville

Published: Monday, Jun. 2, 2014 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Jun. 2, 2014 - 12:10 am

Garret Smith, right, congratulates Miggy Magallanes with a celebratory handshake after he played his first soccer game May 23 at the Oakmont High School stadium. It was the conclusion of the soccer team’s two-week spring training camp, and the players paired up with a group of special-education students to give them the experience of playing on a team. Magallanes’ father said his son loves watching soccer, but it was the first time he ever played. The plan to work with the special-education teens came about last season when Smith, a sophomore at Oakmont, suggested the idea to his coaches. He then got approval from the principal and worked with special-education teachers to send home fliers. Decked out in team T-shirts, the students were taken through a series of warmups and drills. Before the game, Smith moved the soccer goals closer so they wouldn’t have to play the entire field. “A lot of these kids don’t get the opportunity to play on a team,” said Smith. “So it’s really important to me that they can come out and do this.”

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