Unified Sports is a program of the Special Olympics, and in partnership with the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletics Conference (CIAC) brings the program to over 220 schools of all grade levels across the state
During the 2015/16 school year, funding from Dylan’s Wings of Change was used to support three conference soccer tournaments as well as to initiate new Unified Sports programs in eleven schools across Connecticut. Hundreds of student athletes and partners benefited from the resources provided through this grant from the Foundation. A total of 444 students participated in the soccer tournaments hosted by the South Central Conference (SCC), the Fairfield Conference (FCIAC), and the Southwest Conference (SWC).
New Unified Sports programs were created at Ansonia High School, Wheeler High School in North Stonington, Portland high School Coventry High School, Brian McMahon High School in Norwalk, and Waterbury Career Academy. In addition to the high schools, Unified Sports was introduced to Wheeler Elementary School in Plainville, Edgewood Elementary School in Bristol, Great Neck Elementary School in Waterford, Ryerson Elementary School in Madison and Slade Middle School in New Britain.
One hundred and sixty four partners and athletes were presented the Dylan’s Teammate Pin Award for their outstanding accomplishments on their respective Unified Sports teams. The awards were given at the annual Michael’s Cup Recognition Dinner in April. A record number 936 people attended the event.
The CIAC will focus its attention on introducing Unified Sports Programs at the elementary school level during the 2016-17 school year while maintaining the current status of the secondary school programs and activities.