COSTA MESA — Shaking pompoms and marching with as much precision as they could, about 90 preschoolers on Friday opened the fourth annual mini-Olympics.
Mariners, Adams, Paularino and Harbor View elementary preschoolers enrolled in autism programs spent the morning completing a series of athletic feats in Estancia High School's Jim Scott Stadium.
"We want them to feel like they have a really great day and they were celebrated," said Renee Tedford, Harbor View's autism preschool teacher.
The event is the culmination of the autism preschool program's High-Five Sports League, where the students play softball and soccer, said Kelly Vogelman, Adams' autism preschool teacher.
The events, like soccer kick and softball throw, are designed to give them practice on the skills they have been working on all year, she said.