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    Special Olympics USA Games Highlights the Benefits and Inclusion of Unified Sports
    Posted on 04/25/2018
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    Special Olympics USA Games Highlights the Benefits and Inclusion of Unified Sports

    This summer, Seattle will host the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, which will highlight the abilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities in a variety of sports as well as inclusive games of Unified Sports, which include athletes with and without intellectual disabilities training and competing together.

    One such team that will be completing in this summer's games is Team Washington “SnoQueens,” a women's basketball team comprised of local athletes including four Seattle Public Schools students from Ballard and Roosevelt high schools.

    The Seattle Public Schools community is invited to join the district Team Washington cheering section during the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games July 1-6! As we get closer to the event, a schedule of events will available on the Unified Athletics webpage.

    Unified Physical Education at Seattle Public School

    Unified Physical Education (PE) provides a unique opportunity for students with and without disabilities to come together through ongoing educational and physical activities. During the 2016-17 school year 15 schools participated in Unified PE including 10 high schools, four middle schools and one elementary.

    Unified PE at Seattle Public Schools is a modified physical education class that aligns to the general education physical education. It helps meet students’ needs in a less restrictive environment including offering adaptive equipment and/or modified instruction to provide instruction and support to supports student learning and participation in physical education.

    Special Olympics Volunteer Opportunities

    Seattle Public Schools is calling for volunteers to help support the USA Games and amplify the Special Olympics message of diversity, unity, student leadership and inclusion.

    The district athletic department is recruiting 25-50 volunteers to join the district cheering section for the “SnoQueens” basketball games. Pep squads, cheerleaders and cheer coaches from Ballard and Roosevelt as well as ALL SPS schools are encouraged to help support this effort. Other volunteer opportunities include singing in the choir for opening ceremonies, greeters and the Young Athletes Festival at the Seattle Center starting July 1-6, 2018.

    Learn more about the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.

    To learn more about volunteering for Seattle Public Schools opportunities, contact Assistant Director of Athletics Tara Davis tadavis@seattleschools.org, 206-252-1800