Some athletes from Daniel Hand High School and Guilford High School recently faced off in a soccer game. It was a small tournament involving Hand Unified Soccer, Guilford Unified Soccer, Hand Boys Junior Varsity Soccer, and Hand Girls Junior Varsity Soccer teams.
"We had a small 4 team round robin tournament with pizza a drinks for everyone at the conclusion," says Hand Coach Matt Link.
Link says Unified Sports is a collaboration between the CIAC, and Special Olympics
"Basically you have a team consisting of students with special needs (athletes) and students without special needs (partners/mentors)," he said via email. "I started the program in Madison six years ago but Unified sports has been around since the 90’s."
Linke said Unified sports is an opportunity for students with some special needs to participate with their peers on a sports team.
"It’s a little less competitive than freshman, JV and Varsity school sports but has a lot of sportsmanship, cooperation and enthusiasm!" he said.
The Hand Unified soccer just wrapped up this week. Basketball will start up in January, and track and field will start up in the spring.