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HI-TOPS HIT THE EAST COAST AND PERFORM AT THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS
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THE HI-TOPS HIT THE EAST COAST
PERFORM AT THE NATIONAL SPECIAL OLYMPICS,
THE STATUE OF LIBERTY AND THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL
Buena Park, CA – June 25, 2014. The Hi-Tops are a dance group that was started 34 years ago at Speech and Language Development Center. The group, comprised of former and current special education students just returned from New Jersey where they performed at the National Special Olympics. They also traveled to Philadelphia, New York and Washington D.C. Their motto is, “Dream, believe and achieve because we can.” The Hi-Tops currently have 19 dancers, 18 alumni and one current student and range in age from 16 to 48. They were accompanied by an additional 26 people made up of parents, family and staff.
They have performed at all National Special Olympics and performed three times at this year’s Special Olympics in New Jersey. They performed at Mercer County Park on Monday, June 16th and then did two performances in the afternoon at the Special Olympics Town at the College of New Jersey. “The Hi-Tops have a way of touching people’s lives.” Dance Group Director, Sandy Garcia said as she related that when the Hi-Tops were visiting the Lincoln Memorial they did an impromptu performance for some WWII veterans who were visiting from Philadelphia and the performance moved one of the vets to tears.
The group also performed at the airport on Saturday June 14 to welcome Special Olympic athletes as they arrived at Mercer County Airport. From there they went on to perform at the Statue of Liberty, in Times Square in New York and in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. In addition to having the chance to perform, the group also had the opportunity to learn about history as they visited sites like Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the White House and the New York 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
Speech and Language Development Center is a non-profit school and therapy center serving over 300 children and young adults, ages six months through 21 years. Based on more than 50 years of knowledge, skill and successes, SLDC provides remediation for language/learning, emotional/social and neurologically-based needs to students with a broad scope of diagnoses, including Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Center is certified by the California State Department of Education and licensed by the California State Department of Social Services. For more information, see www.sldc.net.
For more information on the Hi-Tops dance group, visit http://www.hi-tops.org.
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