Earlier this month, our very own Amanda Ford and Daniel Martinez, both WHS students, participated in the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Florida! They were joined by their Unified teammates, Hailey Camacho, and Victoria Rios Quintero, also WHS students!!

WHS students posing on a track at the Special Olympics

The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games united more than 5,500 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the Caribbean and there were close to 125,000 spectators. The games occur every 4 years.

Our Unified teams consist of students with and without Intellectual Disabilities and all “pairs” are considered equal teammates. These student pairs were selected because of their dedication to Unified Sports and Teen Connection, since their freshman year. They have also been strong leaders in creating a more inclusive community at WHS and in their community.

Sammy Lara and Kate Gonzalez, both WHS students, also attended the USA Games as U.S. Youth Ambassadors for Special Olympics North America. Youth Ambassadors are a group of 24 youth leaders with and without Intellectual Disabilities who are striving to make the nation a more inclusive place for all. These leaders act as advocates, share stories, and demonstrate the values of youth leadership across the country.

Photos of our amazing student pairs who traveled to the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando!

More information about the Special Olympics USA Games: https://www.2022specialolympicsusagames.org/

A BIG thank you to Ms. Christine Spino, one of our amazing DUSD special education teachers, for her oversight and involvement! Christine is a Board Member for the Special Olympics of Southern California, a Unified Champions School Liaison, and a Mentor for the Youth Ambassadors for the Special Olympics organization.