SPS Partners with Special Olympics, Seattle Sounders and More to Eliminate Opportunity Gaps

SPS Partners with Special Olympics Washington, Seattle Sounders FC, Ernst & Young, Everett Reign
Posted on 10/17/2016
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Seattle Public Schools eliminating opportunity gaps for all students

Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is partnering with Special Olympics Washington, Ernst & Young, Seattle Sounders FC, and Everett Reign to eliminate opportunity gaps by kicking-off the 2016 Unified Sports Year.

The Unified Sports program brings together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities, who train and compete on the same team. Throughout the year, students build their physical fitness and sharpen their skills in basketball, soccer, golf, skiing, and more.

Students, staff, and families from 20 schools across the district take part and compete in Unified Sports programs and that list is growing. The program builds friendships, character, and eliminates opportunity gaps.

Eliminating opportunity gaps is the social justice issue of our time. SPS has the 5th largest academic achievement gap in the nation between white students and black students. We are making progress, but not fast enough.

SPS recently announced a new awareness campaign to eliminate opportunity gaps called #CloseTheGaps. The district kicked-off the #CloseTheGaps campaign the week of October 16-22 with a special emphasis on October 19. 

To help people engage in that work SPS also recently launched a new webpage dedicated to eliminating opportunity gaps.

Here is more information on the district’s webpage detailing initiatives to eliminate opportunity gaps.

Look for #CloseTheGaps #EOG #SPSUnited on social media and join the conversation.

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