Unified Sports Kicks off the New Season


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Torri Tavenner

Hamilton High School’s Unified Sports is a division of the Special Olympics where team-based sports made up of individuals with and without disabilities train and compete together.  Our school is part of the 1.2 million people worldwide that participate in Unified Sports. Unified High School teams feature athletes with disabilities and partners without disabilities to compete together against other local high schools. Unified consists of Flag Football, Track, Basketball, Soccer, and Cheer. This year, Unified has started their own sports club. 

Matt Stone, who is the head coach of Unified’s Flag Football team, has been with Hamilton’s Unified program for six years now. In this program, his goal is to try and bring the students without disabilities closer to the students who do. Matt expressed that he loves coaching Unified because he “enjoys seeing the students with disabilities and the ones without reach a common goal.”  Maddy Gobel (12), who has worked with the unified kids had a great time, “building a connection with everyone that is a part of the program.” Unified will kick off the 2019-2020 year with Flag Football which begins this fall!