On Wednesday, January 29, Esperanza High School held their annual Unified Sports Basketball Game. Each year, this inclusive competition brings together Special Olympic athletes and general education partners to train and compete together on two basketball teams — the Gold Team and the Red Team.
During break and before the game, the school’s Unified Sports athletes signed autographs for their fellow Aztecs. At lunch, the Unified Sports Basketball game took place. Athletes we split into two teams, and the a huge portion of the student body picked a team to cheer on and support throughout the game. At halftime, Unified athletes performed a cheer routine for all to enjoy.
“This is an amazing event that really embodies the sense of family at Esperanza,” Activities Director Meghann Lukach shared.
A few years ago, Unified Sports started at Esperanza as a club led by students focused on inclusion and building friendships through sports and activities. In the past, EHS has hosted several Unified Sports events where students with disabilities and general education partners joined together to train and compete.
Now, the Esperanza Aztecs have expanded their program by offering courses of Unified Physical Education! Similar to the club, this PE class is a fully inclusive program that combines students in a non-competitive learning environment.
Unified PE allows all students to participate in developmentally appropriate activities including lifetime activities, physical fitness, and sports. Students work together to increase competence and confidence in a variety of physical activities. Through ongoing leadership opportunities, members of this course are empowered to help create a more inclusive and accepting school environment for all students.
Way go to, Unified Sports!