Year Two of CVUSD's Unified Sports League is here!
Inclusion, engagement, and fun are at the center of Thousand Oaks High School, Newbury Park High School and Westlake High School’s second year of Unified Sports Leagues.
With the success of last year’s Unified Basketball League – students at each school site had the opportunity to vote for three Unified Sports Leagues to participate in this year. By popular demand, students will be taking part in a fall kickball league, winter basketball league, and spring soccer league.
At all three comprehensive high schools, the Unified Teams are comprised of approximately half Athletes (students with intellectual disabilities), and half Unified Partners (students without intellectual disabilities). Each school has developed a unique model of stewardship for their Unified Sports Leagues – with a variety of district staff, from a ceramics teacher, Varsity Basketball coach, history teacher, social studies teachers, and English teacher, in addition to Special Education teachers and Adapted Physical Education teachers, lending support to the teams. Each school site also has a variety of participants in the games – including students from Sparkles, ASL club, ASG, Band, Dance, and Sports Medicine.
The teams are currently practicing once a week, and are gearing up for their first games.
The community is invited to cheer on students, and support this program, by attending an upcoming tournament date. The schedule is as follows:
Following in the success of the program at the high school level, Colina Middle School and Redwood Middle School are currently completing the process to also be formally recognized as Unified Champion Schools. Each Unified Champion School receives up to $3,000 in grant monies from the Special Olympics to help cover costs associated with the program, such as uniforms and travel.
CVUSD is proud to continue to offer students new opportunities for inclusion, collaboration, and fun.