NFHS Hosts Third Annual Unified Experience as part of its 2018 National Student Leadership Summit
Special Olympics Indiana partnered with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) again this year to provide a Unified Experience to the students who participated in the National Student Leadership Summit (NSLS) on July 24. Nearly 50 Special Olympics athletes from across the state took part in the event, joining approximately 150 NFHS high school and college student-athletes from around the United States and Canada.
In keeping with the spirit of Special Olympics Unified Sports®, athletes and partners played and competed together in four areas of skills, drills, and competition: basketball, bocce/corn toss, football, and trivia. Each athlete received an ESPN/Unified Sports t-shirt compliments of Special Olympics North America along with a Nike backpack compliments of the NFHS.
Basketball was energetic as athletes and partners went through multiple stations of dribbling, shooting, passing, and knockout. Football was enthusiastic with stations involving pass routes, throwing, catching and place kicking as activities. Bocce and corn toss featured very competitive games and plenty of fun for everyone. But trivia may have been the highlight of the event, as athletes and partners formed teams to answer trivia questions, guess heads or tails, and then had a dance off at the end.
Special Olympics Indiana would like to recognize and thank the schools and head coaches who partnered with us in providing the NSLS Unified Experience: Brownsburg High School and the boys’ basketball team, along with Head Coach Steve Lynch, and Park Tudor School and the football team, along with Head Coach Orlando Lowry. And a special thanks to Craig Tornquist, Omari Pearson, and the athletes, coaches, and volunteers who attended and participated in this year’s Unified Experience!
Please plan to join us next July for the fourth annual NSLS Unified Experience as we celebrate our 50th anniversary and help the NFHS honor 100 years of service. Contact Director of Programs Mike Hasch with questions or to register your interest.