In 6th Grade, I first got introduced to the partners club. After 2 years of struggling with administration not wanting change, I finally started a partner club in my middle school, this was the first unified club and unified events at my school. Our club had about 100 volunteers who wanted to join the movement and became part of the inclusion generation. During the year we had monthly activities and ran the spread the word to end the word campaign. Now my middle school is a unified school. Because of the leadership skills I gained I became a member of Colorado's Youth Activation Committee.
In high school, I went to Grandview High School. Now known as a National Banner School and recognized on the National Top 30 Unified Champion School ESPN Honor Roll. I served as our Unified club co-president for 3 years and served as an officer for 4 years. I helped lead unified leadership trainings, R-word Campaigns, activities, concerts, spirit weeks, school dances, Fans in the Stands, Red Shirt Rookies and Special Olympics Colorado events. I volunteered in Special Education classrooms for 4 years on every off period and also in our Unified PE class for 3 years. During my senior year of high school we had over 30 officers in our unified club. We created a spirit week called Inclusion Week where our school learned to help celebrate differences and to have Inclusion be the new normal. I was a student coach for our Unified Basketball Team which had over 60 players every year for the 3 years I coached. I was a unified partner for Unified Track and Field for 3 years.
After graduating high school, I received the opportunity to serve on the Special Olympics Colorado Board of Directors as a Youth Representative. I am a Unified Champion Schools intern and a Youth Activation Committee mentor. With these opportunities I am able to learn more leadership skills and mentor youth to bring inclusion in their schools. I go to the University of Northern Colorado, where I run our Unified Intramural Leagues and help coach the community teams in Greeley, CO.
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Spread the Word for Inclusion Campaign
Special Olympics Colorado Unified Schools are celebrating inclusion throughout there schools. There is all level of schools- elementary, middle, high school, college putting on the inclusion campaigns this month. Schools are coordinating "Inclusion Week" (spirit week) in there schools where assemblies, unified games, unified activities are happening all week/ month long to bring whole school engagement. SOCO has been to some of our Avalanche and Nuggets games we have set up booths for fans to come and sign the Inclusion Pledge.
During flag football season, Special Olympics Colorado hosted Healthy Athletes vision screening (opening eyes) where all of the athletes that were participating during state had a chance to have a vision screening where they were able to get glasses right there. During state, my flag football teams went through the screenings, where they got to learn about how to live healthier lives and what they need to protect themselves. 5 of my athletes had received glasses that day that they never received before. This helped ensure the health of our athletes lives.
With coaching unified sports at UNCO, we are always focused on the well being of our teams. In the begging of our basketball season we started with having healthy athletes screening and focus on how to improve our health throughout the season. We took height, weight, blood pressure and a healthy athletes survey, where they fill out there eating and exercise habits. At the end of the season, we through the health screening again. When looking at the data, almost all of our 60+ athletes and partners have lost weight and changed there excise and eating habits to be healthier.