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Varsity Recognition for High School Unified Sport Athletes

I will forever be grateful to the Special Olympics, and Unified Sports. I was a sophomore at Catoctin High School, Thurmont, MD, when I began participating. We would gather three times a week for practice and competition. Competing with my teammates with intellectual disabilities was an amazingly enriching and rewarding experience. I realized the Unified players did not receive school recognition for participation. Equal Recognition for High School Athletes in Frederick County (MD) became my Girl Scout Gold Award. I worked with the athletic directors of individual high schools in the county and wrote a policy outlining the criteria necessary to award the special needs players their varsity letters. This policy is now in their athletic handbooks. Working side by side with my special needs partners gave me an appreciation for some physical obstacles they needed to overcome to participate. I began to realize a career in occupational therapy was my life’s path, helping those with special needs.

About Me:

I attended Catoctin High School, Thurmont, MD where I participated in Unified Sports for 2.5 years. I now attend Towson University and will be applying to the 5 year Occupational Therapy Program.