It’s on: Edmonds-Woodway hosts fourth annual Unified Sports soccer match

By Kate Agbayani | May 29, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan From 2018: Edmonds-Woodway’s Gaby Chappell prepares to kick the ball while being defended by David Ta.

Edmonds-Woodway High School will hold its fourth annual boys vs. girls soccer game benefiting the school district’s Unified Sports program.

The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, May 31, at Edmonds Stadium.

Unified Sports is a program that exists nationwide, and is through Special Olympics. It promotes social inclusion through shared sports training and competitive experiences, joining those with and without intellectual disabilities together on the same team. The program includes bowling, basketball and soccer.

The local Unified Sports soccer team will play during halftime.

Seniors Ingrid Fosberg, Morgan Davis, and Mackey Guenther helped organize the game. They’re familiar with the process, as they helped organize last year’s Unified Sports soccer game as well.

“We’d like people to see how those with and without disabilities interact,” Fosberg said. “We want them to be celebrated rather than misunderstood.”

Juniors Sydney Walsh, Sydney Scott, Kyra Hicks and Sebastian Olson are also involved in organizing the game.

Edmonds-Woodway High School athletic director Angie McGuire also helped the students in booking the stadium.

The students have been in contact with the district’s Unified Sports head coach, Megan Drobnicki-Girdhar, who helped coordinate with the Special Olympics team.

“Participating in Unified Sports is a great opportunity to get involved with your school,” Drobnicki-Girdhar said.

All proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics and Unified Sports program. Donations will also be accepted.

Kate Agbayani is an intern for Beacon Publishing.


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