Breaking Barriers

On many Saturday afternoons during the school year, you’ll find an unlikely group of people together in the Valor gym. High school students, Special Olympic athletes, and Coach Riley Scott spend an hour together practicing to compete for either for their fall volleyball season or winter basketball season as part of the Valor Special Olympics Club.
Beyond helping the Special Olympic athletes hone their volleyball and basketball skills, Valor student “partners” enjoy the opportunity to let them know that they are special and appreciated. Some of the athletes are siblings of Valor students, some are children of Valor faculty, and others are members of our community who have no other tie to Valor other than the Special Olympics Club.
With a regular crew of 7-10 athletes at each practice and 5-10 partners, the Valor Special Olympics Club participates in volleyball and basketball contests hosted by Special Olympics Colorado. For the first time in club history, Valor entered 2 teams (Navy & Columbia) to compete in this fall’s volleyball classic and did very well, earning the bronze medal in both brackets.
Valor Special Olympic Club isn’t just for athletes. All are welcome to be a part of the program. As Coach Scott says, “If you have a pair of tennis shoes and can throw some high fives, you’re athlete enough for us.”

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