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CPSD students participate in Special Olympics' Unified Sports

Special Olympics' Unified Sports
Elementary students formed teams and played basketball in the Unified Sports elementary basketball jamboree through Special Olympics Washington.

Eighteen Clover Park School District elementary students participated in Special Olympics’ Washington’s Unified Sports’ elementary basketball jamboree recently. Unified Sports is a program organized by Special Olympics that unites students with and without intellectual disabilities on the same sports team.

“Our hope for the students who participate in Unified Elementary Sports is that they see what inclusion truly looks like– when everyone is a teammate and an equal,” said Mandy Schumacher, senior manager of Unified Schools.

“We want all students to feel accepted and respected by their peers and Unified Sports provides a positive environment for kids to learn this while participating in sports. If each one of the elementary students left the basketball jamboree feeling like they belonged, made a new friend, and experienced the joy of sports, then we consider it a successful event,” Schumacher continued.

Unified Sports are offered through Special Olympics Unified Champion School program, and students in K-12 can participate. For more information, please click here.