DOVER, Del- It is time for student athletes with disabilities to get more respect.
The Delaware Interscholastic Athlete Association (DIAA) and Special Olympics Delaware (SODE) are teaming up to do just that.
The new program centered around flag football will team up student athletes with and without disabilities to complete on the same fields as varsity high school players.
“The goal is to untimely have is every public high school in Delaware to have a unified flag football team where special needs students get together with high school athletes,” Jon Buzby, SODE Director of Media Relations said.
Breaking barriers between athletes with and without disabilities is a goal of unified sports. Building friendships on and off the field is what the program aims for.
“If our special athletes are teamed up with athletes from different high schools and are part of that sports culture, they will be respected as people and athletes,” Buzby said. “That’s what they deserve.”
The four schools participating in the pilot program are: Caesar Rodney, Concord, Middletown and William Penn.
The first game kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Cavalier Stadium in Middletown. Admission is free to the general public.
- 7 p.m. Concord vs. Caesar Rodney
- 8 p.m Middletown vs. William Penn.
Other game scheduled:
- Oct. 31, SODE Fall Festival at St. Andrews School, Time TBD
- Dec. 5, Delaware Stadium, Time TBD.
For more information on joining a league, contact Jon Buzby:
Work: (302) 831-3484
Cell: (302) 740-1033