On Tuesday, February 28, Valencia High School hosted Esperanza High School for a Unified Sports Basketball Game after school. Special education students and general education partners from both schools participated in a friendly and spirited intramural game. A huge crowd of fans from both schools and across the district attended to cheer and show support. The game was dedicated to an Esperanza 9th grader, Staisha, who recently passed away.
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 and without disabilities joined together to train and compete. Valencia has since started a program too.
The Esperanza Aztecs have expanded their program by offering courses in 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, EHS and VHS Unified Sports!
I love how the students in the crowd showed up to support the teams. So much love in the building!!