CHS Unified Heptathlon Squad Wins Top Two Spots in Pennsylvania
Facing 20 teams from across the state, the CHS Unified student-athletes on the Blue and Gold squads took first and second, respectively, in this winter’s Unified Heptathlon, an activity created during the pandemic to keep Unified student-athletes engaged in physical activity. The squads also finished first and second in its six-team region.
"Our kids crushed it!” exclaimed chemistry teacher and coach Tabatha Gilbert. “They worked so hard during our virtual practices, pushing and encouraging each other. Heptathlon allows kids to develop their leadership skills and learn about exercise and healthy eating habits and the value of fitness, all while enjoying the friendship and camaraderie developed by training together.”
Participants earned points based upon their improvement in each of their seven exercises (at least two from the agility, strength and endurance categories included in the fitness exercise competitive component). Scores for the 15 CHS Unified student-athletes were generated after mid-season and after-the-season comparisons to their preseason baselines.
Unified sports partners individuals with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and those without (partners) on the same team and features wide-ranging offerings intended to suit the varied needs and interests of the unified athletes and their partners. Heptahalon and all unified sports promote social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, and by employing the principle that training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.