Special Olympics Utah hosts basketball tournament on Saturday

OGDEN, Utah (ABC4) – Utah First Lady Abby Cox’s initiative, “Show Up,” a program dedicated to helping others, has partnered with the Special Olympics Unified Sports program in schools across the state of Utah.

In support, Cox is partnering with Utah Jazz, Entrata, Weber State University, the Utah High School Activities Association and Special Olympics Utah to host the Unified Sports Basketball Championship Tournament on Saturday, March 26.

The event is free and open to the public.

The tournament will include a parade of athletes, opening ceremonies, torch run and lighting, semi-finals and championship games, as well as awards ceremonies.

The event will take place at Weber State University’s Stromberg Complex (Swenson Gym), 1356-1372 E 4100 S, Ogden, Utah 84403.

The Saturday festivities will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The media program will be as follows:

  • 1:00 p.m. Panel of speakers (including First Lady Cox and representatives from partner organizations at Utah Jazz, Weber State University and Special Olympics Utah)
  • 1:15 p.m. Student-Athlete Panel
  • 1:45 p.m. Parade of athletes
  • 2:00 p.m. Opening ceremonies
  • 2:15 p.m. Prize giving to morning competitors

The Special Olympics Unified Sports/Unified Champion Schools program involves students with and without intellectual disabilities competing on the same teams, fostering empathy, connection and inclusion.

The press release says Cox is looking for Utah businesses that want to support unified school sports programs through small financial donations.

Interested parties should contact Kirsten Rappleye at [email protected]

“The Special Olympics Unified Sports teams are absolutely miracles. These teams bring together students of all levels, asking them to work together, connect, practice empathy and get to know each other. My goal is for every student in the state to have the opportunity to participate and grow through this program,” Cox says.

Weber State University President Brad Mortensen says, “As our student volunteers engage with Special Olympians, we know they will inspire and encourage each other both in competition and in building. of teams.

Special Olympics Utah President and CEO Scott Weaver says:

“A year ago, First Lady Abby Cox pledged to help us introduce the Unified Champion Schools strategy to administrators, educators, and students across Utah, and she delivered on that pledge. Since the start of this school year, the dedication and influence of the First Lady has helped us reach 12 more high schools, 2 new middle schools, and 10 new elementary schools, totaling more than 1,500 students with developmental disabilities benefiting from inclusive sports. and leadership opportunities. You’d think it was First Lady Cox’s public stance that helped produce these results, but watching her at Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools events and witnessing first-hand her interaction with students , I realize that this is personal to him. You can see the focus in her eyes, hear the passion in her voice, and feel the kindness in her heart – she truly values ​​the Unified Champion Schools strategy and makes a difference.

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