Penn hosted its first ever Unified Track and Field Meet yesterday (Wednesday, May 8). Exceptional Education student-athletes and their partners from both Penn and Elkhart Central High School competed in various competitions such as long jump, shot put and track races.
The clouds and rain cleared out giving way to warm weather and sunny skies for the after school event hosted at Penn’s TCU Freed Field. Click here to see the full photo gallery on Penn’s website.
It was also a special night of recognition for these three seniors:
- Erin Darr
- Hunter Hines
- Andre Northern
P-H-M’s amazing Exceptional Education staff and teachers were also honored for their contributions to the “Triangle of Success.” P-H-M Superintendent Dr. Jerry Thacker, Penn Principal Sean Galiher, Exceptional Education Director Gena Todd, Ex Ed Program Supervisor (Middle School) Rebecca Allen, Penn Athletic Director Jeff Hart, and Penn Asst. Principal Josiah Parker were on hand to say “Thank you!”
Many of Penn student-athletes from various Varsity teams came out to volunteer for the event as time keepers, measuring jumps and throws, etc.
Unified Track and Field is the newest Indiana High School Athletic Association sport in the Champions Together format. It is partnered with Special Olympics. Unified Track and Field pairs student-athletes with intellectual disabilities with partners without disabilities giving the student-athletes the opportunity to compete for a varsity sport. This is the first year for Penn’s Unified Track Team. Penn’s team this year had eight athletes and 14 partners. Click learn more.
So far Penn’s Team has competed in three meets: April 24 at Elkhart Memorial, May 3 at Goshen, and May 8 at Penn. The Kingsmen team will also participate in the IHSAA State Tournament, starting with the Sectional on Saturday, May 18, in Griffin at 11:00 a.m. EST.
Penn teacher Bennett Blazo is the head coach of Penn’s Unified Track Team. Pam Walters, Karen Tagliaferri, Noah Lipsky and Francisco Cardoza are assistant coaches.