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Unified Sports: Area students learn importance of athletic inclusion

Teams are made up of individuals with and without intellectual disabilities.

Posted: Jan 29, 2019 5:54 PM
Updated: Jan 29, 2019 6:03 PM

MARCY, N.Y. -- Students from six local school districts are learning a positive lesson by competing in Unified Sports, which are fast-growing across the state.

The Whitesboro Central School District is taking initiative to ensure students with special needs have the chance to participate in athletics.

Teams are made up of individuals with and without intellectual disabilities. The teams play together just as they would in any other sport, only it brings with it – inclusion.

Some 65 students gathered Tuesday for a Unified Sports Summit.

“Special Olympics, when people get associated with our organization, they find something powerful in the commitment that our athletes make in learning, training and competing in a sport. A lot of people find that perseverance inspiring,” said Nathan Johnson, the senior programs director for CNY Unified Sports.

Unified bowling gets underway next and will take place over the next month.

This year, Whitesboro, New Hartford, CVA, Camden, Oneida and VVS will offer bowling in addition to basketball for its program.

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