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Celebrating Unity and Achievement: IPS Unified Game Day

Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), along with Special Olympics Indiana and IUPUI, will bring together student-athletes from across the district on May 16 for Unified Game Day, an event filled with camaraderie, sportsmanship, and spirited competition under the Special Olympics format.

Unified Game Day is from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Michael A. Carroll Stadium, situated on the campus of IUPUI. The day offers an array of track events, including walking, assisted walking, wheelchair races, meter runs, hurdles, and relays. Meanwhile, the field events will see athletes demonstrating their prowess in the long jump, ball throws, flag football, and soccer.

Attendees may also revel in a fun zone and other engaging activities stationed in the end zones.

Nathan Vedder, Project Coordinator for IPS’s Unified Student Supports Department, underscores the significance of this event in fostering inclusivity and empowerment.

“Our goal is to bring together students, parents, staff, and community partners to empower our student-athletes to develop physical fitness and courage while building skills and partnerships,” he said. “This event is the commencement of a years-long commitment from our students through Unified Sports, Unified Clubs, and Partner PE as they prepare for the state Special Olympics games this June.”

Schedule of Events:
9:30 a.m.: Gates Open – Parents, Community, and Students Arrive
10:00 a.m.: Warm-up Events, Center Field – Join Special Olympics Staff and Volunteers for Fun Warm-up Exercises
10:30 a.m.: Opening Ceremony
10:45 a.m.: Field Events – Long Jump, Ball Throws, Mini-Javelin, and Soccer
10:45 a.m.: Fun Zone Open – Sensory Walk, Hula Hoops, Connect Four, Bubbles
10:45 a.m.: Activity Tents Open – Special Olympics Crafts, Sensory Items, and Quiet Zone
11 a.m.: Track Events – 25 – 100 Meter Runs, 25 – 100 Meter Walk, Hurdle Events, Relay, Assisted Relay, and Wheelchair Slalom
12:30 p.m.: Dismissal
1 p.m.: All Students Back on the Bus

“Join us as we cheer on our remarkable young athletes and celebrate the spirit of inclusion, athleticism, and achievement at IPS Unified Game Day,” Vedder said