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Region 15 Schools

Sean Young and Emily Clark from Pomperaug High School (PHS) were awarded the 2021-22 Beau Doherty/Mike Savage Teammate Award, in recognition of outstanding dedication and sportsmanship in the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Unified Sports program. They were recognized at the 18th Annual Unified Sports Awards Banquet held at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, Connecticut on Monday, April 25th. Member schools nominate two students for the recognition. The Unified Sports program at PHS is coached by teacher Stephanie Bregman.

In addition, Emily was awarded the CIAC Unified Sports Outstanding Unified Sports Essayist for her Unified Sports partner essay on how Unified Sports has been impactful personally and within the school community. She shared how “Unified Sports at PHS is an experience to enjoy personalities beyond a disability, forge friendships, and create opportunities for everyone to enjoy similar and shared experiences.” She is also the recipient of the Special Olympics’ Youth Innovation Grant and part of a cohort of 123 youth leaders from around the world to receive funding for her project called the Movement and Media Club to promote inclusion through wearable technology in the PHS community. 

Sean shared how soccer season was his favorite and through Unified Sports his enjoyment in the program spanned friendships and experience, “It is fun! I like playing the sports and talking with my friends.”

As part of Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT) outreach efforts for school-aged students, SOCT and the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) began a partnership in 1992 utilizing the Special Olympics Unified Sports program.  The school-based Unified Sports program brings together students with and without disabilities and provides them with the opportunity to train and compete in a variety of team sports. The program is designed to foster a greater understanding, appreciation, and acceptance of students with disabilities by creating an inclusionary athletic environment.  The Unified Sports program is a registered sports program that is recognized by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAC) and the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS).