New LRHS club aims to help Special Olympics

unified club story sept 2019
LRHS Unified Club president Brooke Roberts with a special Olympian friend.

Cameron Perry– Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – On Tuesday the LRHS Unified Club held its first meeting. This is the first year of the club with Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teacher Melissa Koehlinger as sponsor.

The Unified club is a Special Olympics club for all students. Its purpose is to introduce students to the Special Olympics and let them experience the fun of all-inclusive sports.

Club president senior Brooke Roberts has been working with the Special Olympics since sixth grade and has always loved it.

“I’m so happy to finally have the opportunity to create this club. At my last school, I was a member of a Special Olympics club and it was one of my favorite experiences,” said Roberts.

The Unified Club also hopes to help form friendships, support and raise awareness for the Special Olympics.

Sophomore Charlize Ucciferri said, “I think that this club is a great opportunity to get involved and I’m excited for the events to start!”

Starting in the spring season the club will form a unified track team, helping students learn leadership skills.

Future meetings will most likely take place twice a month, on Mondays or Wednesdays.

For more information about the club, follow their Instagram or Twitter@lrhsunifiedclub.

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