February 26, 2020 Southwest High School is hosting the first ever Unified Basketball tournament for FWISD!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : February 03, 2020
What: Unified Sports Basketball Tournament
When: Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Where: Southwest High School, 4100 Altamesa Blvd., Fort Worth, TX
February 26, 2020 Southwest High School is hosting the first ever Unified Basketball tournament for FWISD. Basketball teams will consist of Special Olympics athletes (Students with intellectual disabilities or Autism) as well as General Education athletes (typical developing students) playing on the same team.
UIL is adding a Unified division to go along with their other divisions of Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Freshman. 2020/2021 is the pilot year with the hopes of the Unified division being sanctioned for the 2021/2022 school year. This tournament is the bridge to bringing Unified Sports to FWISD.
Southwest High School is part of the Special Olympics Unified Champion School program (UCS). UCS is sponsored by Special Olympics and ESPN. A Special Olympics Unified Champion School has an inclusive school climate. One that exhibits a sense of collaboration, engagement and respect for all. A Unified Champion School receiving national banner recognition is one that has demonstrated commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 national standards of excellence. These standards were developed by a national panel of leaders from Special Olympics and the education community.
About Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect. SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 58,800 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. To learn more, visit www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646. Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX; youtube.com/specialolympicstexas.