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We're thankful for Unified Champion Schools! 🦃 November 2018 UCS Newsletter

The Inclusion Revolution heads to Baku, Azerbaijan!

David Evans and Landon McLamb are a Unified pair from Northwest Guilford High School in Guilford County. David and Landon traveled to Baku, Azerbaijan in September to attend the Special Olympics Global Youth Leadership Forum. To be selected, they created a project proposal which includes expanding the Unified Track & Field program within Guilford County. Now that they are back, they are ready to put this plan into action! The two will receive a $2,000 grant to help with their plan.

In their own words

Landon: My mom was worried about letting me go. I asked her “How am I going to accomplish things if you don’t let me go?”

David: I love Unified Track & Field, but it would be a lot more fun if there were more schools involved.

David and Landon's Project

Unified Track in Guilford County is so much fun, but it can be even better! -Landon McLamb

To make Unified track in the county even more competitive and fun, we want to increase the number of schools participating. We currently have two schools involved and our goal is to get four new schools involved to have a total of six schools. This would let us have dual meets throughout the season, rather than just competing at the conference meet or running against themselves.

Coaching is a big part of Unified track and many teachers that sign up as coaches do not have previous track experience. Because of this, we will implement a Coaching Unified Sports in Schools - Unified Track Training to teach proper ways to coach Unified pairs in schools and appropriate warm ups, practice drills, etc.

Throughout the 2019 Unified track season, we want to collect feedback from coaches and athletes to develop best practices for Unified track. We will then take this resource and the Coaching Unified Sports in Schools - Unified Track Training to recruit 4 more schools in Guilford County for the 2020 season, bringing us to a total of 10 Unified track teams in our county!

Smithfield Selma High School in Johnston County is one of the newest Unified Champion Schools in North Carolina and they are already rocking the inclusion revolution!

This school year, the students have already participated in a Unified volleyball scrimmage and enjoyed a Unified Flag Football exhibition game during halftime of the Smithfield-Selma vs. Clayton football game.

This spring, Smithfield-Selma will join the seven other high schools in the county to compete in Unified track and field. In addition to all the Unified Sports, Smithfield-Selma has an active Unified Champion Schools club at their school and do a number of awareness campaigns throughout the year.

“I truly believe the sky is the limit and cannot wait to watch as the students figure it all out together and make something great happen here.” -Shannon Walters, Club Advisor

Did you know?

World Kindness Day is November 13!

Throughout November, we encourage Unified Champion Schools to submit a 15-30 second video with their name, school and what kindness means to them! Submit your video by November 12 here to be entered into a drawing and we will select 3 winners at the end of November!

Check out what kindness means to Gray’s Creek High School in Cumberland County and Wake Forest High School in Wake County:

Contact us!

West: Samantha Huffman | shuffman@sonc.net | 317-903-7291

East: Allison Stockburger | astockburger@sonc.net | 406-861-6001

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