Annual E-W soccer game to benefit Special Olympics

Boys vs. girls contest set for noon Saturday at Edmonds Stadium
Jun 07, 2018

It’ll be the boys vs. the girls in the third annual Special Olympics fundraising game between Edmonds-Woodway’s soccer teams.

But the real winner of the contest is the Edmonds School District’s Special Olympics Unified soccer program.

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Unified program in which athletes with and without intellectual disabilities play together on the same team. The Edmonds District Unified team competes against Unified teams from other school districts.

The Edmonds-Woodway boys and girls soccer teams are scheduled to face off at noon Saturday, June 9, at Edmonds Stadium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students with an ASB card. Donations also will be accepted at the game.

Members of the district’s Unified team also will play at halftime.

Edmonds-Woodway senior Molly Carden, along with senior teammate Hannah Hicks, are organizing the event.

Carden also has been a member of the Unified soccer team for two years and said that she has enjoyed her time with the team.

“It’s been one of the top experiences in my life,” Carden said. “I’ve made so many new friends that I normally wouldn’t interact with. It’s been an amazing experience.”

The goal of Unified Sports, Carden added, is bringing people with and without intellectual disabilities, together.

Carden encourages other students to look into joining the Unified team.

“I really hope people learn more about Unified sports and get involved as well,” she said.

Carden and Hicks are being assisted by teammates Ingrid Fosberg and Morgan Davis and Mackey Guenther from the boys soccer team, all of whom are juniors. The three – Fosberg, Davis and Guenther – then will assume primary responsibility for organizing next year’s game.

As part of the International Baccalaureate Program, full IB Diploma candidates must completed a CAS (creativity, activity, service) project, which combines two of the areas to improve their community, while doing something they are passionate about, Fosberg said.

“We are very excited for the event and for the opportunity to help our community,” Fosberg added.

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