(Wayne, New Jersey) - At the regular meeting of the Wayne Board of Education held on November 21st, board members unanimously approved a grant and the formation of new Unified Sports and Unified Clubs at both high schools. The Board heard a presentation about these exciting new programs from Assistant Director of Student Support Services Jennifer Varano and Assistant Principals for Athletics and Activities Jeff Dilollo (Wayne Hills) and Dave Drozjock (Wayne Valley).
In June 2016, Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ) and the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) signed a formal partnership to establish interscholastic Unified Sports programs and competitions in New Jersey. Special Olympics Unified Sports bring people with and without disabilities together on the same team, with each player being an equal and meaningful part of the team. Unified Sports teams are made up of nearly equal numbers of students with and without disabilities of similar age and ability.
The Unified Sports and Clubs program in Wayne is a collaborative effort between the Office of Student Support Services and athletic departments at each high school and we will start with the formation of basketball teams during the winter and then track and field teams for the spring athletic season. The grant for the Wayne Township Public Schools Unified Sports and Club program comes from Special Olympics New Jersey. The funding will cover all of the start-up costs and the cost for the first year of operation and will include Unified Sports, Unified Clubs, and professional development for teachers.
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