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Edison Unified Sports Track Meet on May 14

Edison High School is taking to the track with its first-ever unified sports meet on May 14.

   Edison and Indian Creek High School teams are anticipated to take part in the event at the EHS track in Richmond at 12:45 p.m. Jason Ensinger, school intervention specialist and Unified Champion Schools coordinator, said the meet will be part of a school assembly and students can cheer on the runners. The teams will compete in 100-meter, 200-meter and a 4×400-meter relay with ribbons to be distributed at the conclusion.

   “Currently, our track team has around 20 members and are split between general education and special education students,” Ensinger said. “Our buddy athletes are made up of students from the school’s leadership council, but we have also had help and participation in practices from students in our physical fitness classes.”

    He said the track team members were ready to run and thrilled to get their chance to shine.

  “I got to see a little bit of practice and the kids seem excited.  It was the first time that we talked about what events each might be running in, so that was fun for them. This will be the only unified track meet planned for this year, but hopefully it is something we can build on in the future.”

   The EHS Unified Sports program is also eying flag football, basketball and other events and encourages inclusion and interaction in clubs and athletics. Ensinger is coordinating the effort with district Director of Special Education Jamie Angelini and EHS Leadership Council Advisors Greg Marsh and Danah Beaver while Jefferson County Special Olympics Coordinator and county Board of Developmental Disabilities Activities Director Steve Forte and Unified Champion Schools Director of Youth Engagement Kristi Peters were also involved with the school group’s formation. The Cleveland Browns organization, which is a Special Olympics partner, even supplied jerseys for the teams.

   “There is a lot of excitement in the building from teachers and students wanting to show support to these students.  I am hoping it is a great atmosphere for our participants and really a jumping-off point for other unified sports and clubs to want to be created in the future,” Ensinger said.

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