Valor Unified Volleyball Team Wins Silver Medal at the Special Olympics Colorado State Games in November
The Valor Unified Volleyball Team won a Silver Medal at the Special Olympics Colorado State Games on November 18 and nearly took the championship.
“The team played a hard-fought match for the championship, narrowly losing in the third game by a score of 15-13,” said Mr. Riley Scott, Valor math teacher and faculty sponsor for the Valor Special Olympics Club.
A Special Olympics Unified Sports team consists of individuals with and without intellectual disabilities. The Valor Unified volleyball team is made up of eight Special Olympic Athletes and six Valor Students, called partners, who help with practices and matches.
“Team sports bring people together,” according to the Special Olympics website. “Special Olympics Unified Sports teams do that, too, and much more. About 1.4 million people worldwide take part in Unified Sports, breaking down stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities in a really fun way.”
The partners and athletes practiced weekly on Saturdays at Valor, beginning in September. The Valor Unified Basketball Team will start in January, and Mr. Scott invites both Valor students and Special Olympic athletes in the Valor community to join this rewarding program. For more information, email Mr. Scott.
Photo Information: Valor students who competed in the State Games are: Haydn Simpson, Katheryn Sherman, Lannie Miller, and Anna Johnson.