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 teams 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 wouldnt have to play the entire field. A lot of these kids dont get the opportunity to play on a team, said Smith. So its really important to me that they can come out and do this.
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