Special Olympics soccer skills, Unified tournament Thursday at Sussex Tech

GEORGETOWN – More than 200 Special Olympics Delaware athletes and Unified Partners from 11 Sussex County schools at all levels are set to take part in the Sussex County Soccer Competition this Thursday, May 7 at Sussex Tech High School.

At the competitions, athletes either participate individually in skills competitions or on Unified teams with Unified Partners (peers without disabilities) in 5 on 5 tournaments. Special Olympics is offering the Unified Tournament for the first time in recent history.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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“Our athletes enjoy striving to improve their skills in a variety of sports and soccer is no different,” said Jon Buzby, spokesperson for Special Olympics Delaware. “It’s a sport that they not only can compete in through Special Olympics, but because of its popularity in communities around the state, it’s one they are often asked to play with their friends just for fun. Having success in Special Olympics gives them the confidence to do so. And we are very excited to be offering team competition this season.”

High school students from Sussex Tech’s Project Unify club will volunteer at the event. The U.S. Department of Education funds Special Olympics Project UNIFY at high schools across the nation. Project UNIFY aims to activate youth around the country to develop school communities where all young individuals are agents of positive change — establishing respect, fostering dignity and promoting advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities through involvement with the programs and initiatives of Special Olympics.

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