Unified Volleyball finished out the season with a tournament on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Unified Sports teams combine athletes from Special Education and partners with athletes from general education.
"We chose volleyball as our third Unified Sports program not only because its fun, but its really a social game and poeple have quickly become friends just playing together every week. In Spring 2018, I found out about a Special Olympics Innovation Grant and with the help of my Mom and Alix Westaney at SOOR, I put together a grant proposal for this program. I was one of five people nationally to receive this grant. We were awarded $2500, which helped us buy all the balls, score boards, equipment and even our team t-shirts. Having all this equipment will help support this program for years to come. Next year we need to buy nets!" From Sam Lary, OCHS senior of class 2019.
The NW Elite Club players came to twice a week for 90 minute sessions and helped teach the game and coach the players. Our first year we had 27 players and this year our program grew to over 45. All our original players returned this year for more of the fun. We owe a great deal of thanks to several groups and people; NW Elite Volleyball Club for all the supports and guidance in the game and showing up for every practice to help set up nets and play ball, Natasha Payne at Eastham for getting us gym time, Larry Didway for supporting our program behind the scenes. Without District support we couldn't have run the program to the capacity we did, our volunteer coaches Carter Asher and Arden Williams, and NW Elite's, Chris Davies for helping with uniforms and a dozen other things that helped us run things smoothly, Val Henry for helping with all our players, certificates of accomplishment and organization. Lastly thank you to all our players. Thank you for coming every single week and making this season a ton of fun for everyone, including parents!
Let's keep this recreational volleyball program going!
Look for information to come out in February 2020. Tell your friends!!
If you're interested in a STUDENT LEADERSHIP opportunity with this program, contact Sam Lary or Josie Rankin Lary 503-880-6356 for more information on how to do this.
Have you heard the term “unified sports” and wondered what it is? It is students with and without disabilities, playing on the same team for form friendships, have fun and build teamwork. If you would like to play fall unified soccer, pick up an application and sign up in the special services office, room A127. The application deadline is June 5th. It is first come, first on the team.