The Cherry Creek School District’s Overland High School was inducted into the Special Olympics Colorado Hall of Fame as Project UNIFY High School of the Year, during the organization’s 2013 Hall of Fame Breakfast, held Sept. 12 at the Grand Hyatt Denver.
The award recognizes Overland’s extraordinary efforts to build strong relationships between students with special needs and the rest of the student body. Overland has a unified cheerleading squad, a unified track and field team, and a unified basketball team, which are made up of mainstream students and students with special needs. The OHS unified basketball team has been selected to play in the 2014 National Special Olympics Games in Princeton, NJ next June.
“It was an absolute honor to be inducted into the SOCO Hall of Fame for Project Unify High School of the Year,” said Heather Forth, an ILC teacher at Overland. “It is so important to the students who participate in all of the Project Unify activities to receive this award. It is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for our school to be recognized in such a way.”
The goal of Project Unify is to activate youth - with and without disabilities - in an effort to develop school communities where young people are agents of change - fostering respect, dignity and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities.
That is certainly the case at Overland, where acceptance and inclusiveness have become part of the school’s culture. Congratulations, Blazers!
Posted September 18, 2013.