New Canaan Country Day School hosts Special Olympics Unified Sports Competition
Schools from all over Connecticut came to New Canaan Oct. 20 to participate in New Canaan Country Day School's sixth annual Special Olympics Unified Sports Competition. Country Day is the only school in lower Fairfield County that makes this happen with the Special Olympics.
The event is intended to encourage interactions between students with disabilities and without. The New Canaan Country Day students in eighth and ninth grade all made various signs of support for the elementary school students coming to play Volleyball, Basketball, Baseball and Soccer. The Rowayton School from Norwalk, The Washingtong School of Waterbury, the John S. Martinez school from New Haven and the Katherine Brennan school from New Haven were all met with cheers from the older New Canaan students as they came off the buses.
Sara Norton, a ninth grade at New Canaan Country Day, was one student in particualr who really enjoyed the experience. "I really like it a lot. The kids are always so happy to see us," she said. "I feel a great responsibility as a ninth grade to be back this year and make this day special for the kids."
Andy Morris, activities and service coordinator for the event, talked about the dynamic between the younger disabled students and the older students. "We usually have middle and elementary schools together but this year it is just elementary schools," he said. "The great thing about having mainly elementary school kids is having the older brother and sister dynamic. These kids really look up to our students and it works out great."
Lou Pear, the Director of Unified Sports, praised New Canaan Country Day for all their efforts in this event. "I am always very impressed with the open arms attitude in which Country Day welcomes us," he said. "The students go out of their way to help make it very special."