Thursday, January 14, 2016

Unified Basketball

Unified Basketball
It is that time of year again when our Ramblers of Winthrop High School begin their tryouts for our Unified Basketball team for the 2015-2016 season. Below is a little more about Unified Sports sponsored by the Maine Principals' Association...... We wish you the best of luck in the upcoming season...Go Ramblers!

The Maine Principals’ Association and Special Olympics Maine are pleased to announce their partnership in developing and promoting Unified Sports.  The MPA, and its Unified Sports Committee, are committed to offering Lewiston High School Unified Sports Basketball Teamthe first ever MPA Unified Basketball season starting in January, 2015. 
Unified Basketball partners students with developmental disabilities (Unified Student Athlete) with students without developmental disabilities (Unified Student Partners) to train, compete, and represent their school.  Unified Sports impacts all kinds of students and helps promote physical activity, teamwork, sportsmanship, and social inclusion.

Over the past year, the MPA Unified Sports Committee witnessed first-hand Special Olympics Maine’s one-day Unified Basketball Tournament for high schools and expressed their support of this Special Olympics of Maine program by providing assistance for more Unified Basketball teams to train, compete, and represent their school.  To help a school start a Unified Basketball team, Special Olympics Maine will offer scholarships to help offset costs associated with starting a new Unified Team.  Schools can apply for a scholarship by submitting the School Project Funding Application to Special Olympics Maine.  Special Olympics Maine is capable of offering up to $3,000 per school for the first two years of involvement.  The MPA and Special Olympics Maine are now encouraging you to find your “Champions” in your school and start your school’s Unified Basketball team today!
The focus of MPA Unified Sports is competition (not simply participation).  The opportunity to compete in sports teaches many life lessons: to work as a team, to follow rules and to be committed.  Through sports we can find shared interests that allow friendships to form.  Through MPA/Special Olympics Unified Sports program we have an opportunity to make real positive changes in the lives of students with and without disabilities.





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