Each year, Hanmer Elementary participates in the Unified Sports Program for elementary schools in Connecticut. Its a wonderful program ending with an "Elementary Unified Sports Day" in late Spring.
Unified Sports® in Schools
"Unified Sports® is a registered program of Special Olympics. It is a program that combines approximately equal numbers of athletes with and without an intellectual disability on sports teams for training and competition. All Unified Sports® players, both athletes and Unified partners, are of similar age and matched by sport skill ability. Unified Sports®teams are placed in competitive divisions based on their skill abilities, ranging from training divisions (focused on skill-learning) to high-level competition.
In 1992, as part of an effort to reach school-aged athletes, Special Olympics Connecticut formed a partnership with the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) to bring Special Olympics Unified Sports® to schools across the state. Special Olympics Unified Sports® School Programs administered by CIAC operate throughout the school year and closely follow the academic calendar. Unified Sports® events are organized in each sport season for elementary, middle and high school students. All public and parochial schools in Connecticut are invited to participate.
"Although we all learn sports skills, more importantly, we learn life values from each other and our experiences together." - Marney Squires Pollack, Partner (Farmington High School)
This innovative approach has had and will continue to have a dramatic impact on the number of school-age children who now have the opportunity to participate in organized team sports through their school. The Special Olympics Unified Sports® School Program administered by CIAC currently boasts a participation of more than 3,500 athletes and partners, in 200 schools throughout the state." http://www.soct.org/sports-and-fitness-programs/special-olympics-unified-sports-school-programs-administered-ciac-connecticut-interscholastic-athletic-conference/