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Special-ed students score touchdowns in annual Riverside Poly Bear Bowl

By in Press Enterprise on February 1, 2018

By Staff report

For a shining moment they were the stars.

They’d outlasted the Poly High School defense to reach the end zone for a touchdown. Cheerleaders and the crowd applauded. The band played the school fight song.

It was the fifth annual Poly Bear Bowl. More than 200 special-needs middle and high school students from the Riverside Unified School District got to channel their inner Tom Brady on Wednesday, Jan. 31 during the event at Riverside’s Poly High School.

The exhibition for students with moderate-to-severe disabilities is staged each year before the Super Bowl, which on Sunday, Feb. 4, will pit Brady’s New England Patriots against the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis.

  • Special needs student Taj-ashae Hinton, 14 from Central Middle School, heads towards the end zone to score a touchdown as Riverside Poly quarterback Moses Gonzales III celebrates during the 5th annual Poly Bear Bowl Wednesday January 31, 2018 at Riverside Poly High School. Approximately 233 special needs students from Riverside took part in the 5th annual Poly Bear Bowl Wednesday January 31, 2018 at Riverside Poly High School. The annual Poly Bear Bowl gives special needs students a chance to play football with the varsity players with the band and cheerleaders present, while each participating student was given the opportunity to score a touchdown. (Staff Photo Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Special-needs student Rickie Ramirez, a 14-year-old Sierra Middle School student, smiles after scoring a touchdown during the 5th annual Poly Bear Bowl on Wednesday Jan. 31 at Riverside's Poly High School. Photo by Will Lester, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG

    Special-needs student Rickie Ramirez, a 14-year-old Sierra Middle School student, smiles after scoring a touchdown during the 5th annual Poly Bear Bowl on Wednesday Jan. 31 at […]    

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