Special Olympics project unify began the month of December with an exciting array of activities! From December 1st to the 4th, the intellectually disabled students at Miami Springs Senior High, also known as athletes, participated in a fun-filled week of festivities. On Monday and Tuesday, the students were served a delicious breakfast by their “partners” (high school volunteers that help them daily) and they watched the movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas. On Wednesday they filed into the gym and interacted with each other in a boisterous field day, in which the athletes stayed true to their name by playing sports including basketball, soccer, and volleyball. The last day of the week, Fiesta Day, was a lively party consisting of a lot of dancing and games such as musical chairs.
President Leslie Perez and her partners came up with the idea for this event because they wanted to create a fun week of activities dedicated to the student athletes. This week offered another basis for the mission of Project Unify to be met. The goal of this club is to provide opportunities for students with and without intellectual disabilities to learn about each other’s strengths and to celebrate their differences through inclusive social and recreational interaction and sports activities. The athletes will be showing more of their individual basketball skills on December 17th at Miami Norland Senior High.