The sports program teaches students lessons on and off the field

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Tia Graham

During the past school year, the Woodhaven-Brownstown school district showcased their partnership with the Unified Champion Schools program.

Unified Sports is a national organization that provides students enrolled in courses with special needs the opportunity to participate in school sports.

In January, the district launched its basketball program and later added bowling. Sports teams are made up of students with disabilities and their partners, who are students without disabilities.

“It’s just as beneficial for our athletes as it is for our partners,” says Alicia Flynn, Assistant Director of Athletics. “It’s a program for our athletes, but it’s also for our partners to succeed and feel that success and…accept each other’s differences.”

Recently, WBSD played a game against the Woodhaven Police Department. The community came out and showed their support, Flynn says.

This month, WBSD launched a Unified Sports bocce ball program. A new field was created at Patrick Henry Middle School to accommodate the newly formed team.

“We want this program to grow not only in our district, but also in our community and surrounding communities,” Flynn says.

Photo Credit: Alicia Flynn/Woodhaven-Brownstown School District


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  • Tia Graham is a reporter and weekend edition host for 101.9 WDET. She graduated from Michigan State University where she had the unique privilege of covering former President Barack Obama and his trip to Lansing in 2014.

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