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About Columbia High Unified Basketball Team
Columbia High School is one of the first of twelve public high schools to pilot the Unified Champion Schools through a partnership with Special Olympics New York and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. Unified Champion Schools brings together students with and without intellectual disabilities through education, sports and youth leadership to provide them with the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to create and sustain school communities that promote acceptance, respect and human dignity. Unified Champion Schools promotes social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. Currently, 140 schools offer Unified Sports programming, with over 2,500 students participating on Unified teams and additionally over 1,700 trained youth leaders.
About 2018 Special Olympics USA Games
The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will take place July 1-6, 2018. There will be 3,500 Special Olympics athletes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 1,000 coaches, 10,000 family members, 10,000 volunteers and an estimated 70,000 spectators will take part in this premier national sports competition, showcasing the power and joy of sports at the highest levels. The USA Games take place every four years. 14 sports will be offered. The Special Olympics USA Games will be the biggest sporting event to hit the Seattle area in more than 25 years. In addition to showcasing the awe-inspiring abilities of thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities, the 2018 USA Games in Seattle will model the ideals of inclusion and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics movement.
Help Us Go For Gold at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games!
We've been selected to represent Special Olympics New York in Seattle Washington for the 2018 USA Games in Seattle July 1 - 6, 2018.
The money we raise will help underwrite the cost of our trip such as airfare and uniforms.
Please watch our video to learn more about what it means to us to be part of Team New York!
Abhijeet Choudary Gudapati, Austin Sitterly, Eithan Reynolds, Malliree Roberts, Jacob Houser, Sean Freehill, Ryan Snyder, Caitlin Lallier, Antonio Lebron, and Matthew Dzembo