Lincoln Public Schools hosts first Unified track meet
Lincoln Southwest, Lincoln Northeast, Lincoln North Star and Lincoln East all participated in the meet.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Lincoln Public Schools held its first Unified track meet on Wednesday. Unified sports join people with and without intellectual disabilities, and put them on the same sports teams.
During the meet, “partners” were paired up with “athletes,” or those with intellectual disabilities.
“Ever since we started it this year, I’ve kind of just fallen in love with it,” partner Carson Snow said.
Snow teamed up with ninth grader, Michael. They both participated in long jump.
“I push him and he can push me just as hard everyday when we have practice,” Snow said.
Lincoln Southwest, Lincoln Northeast, Lincoln North Star and Lincoln East all participated in the meet. There were both field and running events.
Athlete Tahlia Scaggs participated in the long jump. She said she enjoyed the event, as well as cheering everyone on and doing warm-ups. Scaggs teamed up with tenth grade athlete Ella Swank.
“I just get a lot of joy and after a long, stressful week this is a great way to refresh and come together with all my friends,” Swanks said.