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Unified Track Meet brings community together

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The May 3 Unified Track Meet at Hoffman Estates High School (HEHS) provided a great platform for the community to come together. It allowed people with and without intellectual disabilities to participate in events like the 400 meters, shot put, and long jump. This inclusive event brought students, staff, and community members together, celebrating everyone’s participants.

Anushka Ananthan, a volunteer, emphasized the importance of being part of this meet. “Hosting this event at HEHS is incredibly impactful for our community, offering both students and others a chance to participate in something meaningful,” she said. The event created a space where everyone felt valued and included.

Talya Elbashier, another volunteer, shared her excitement about being selected to participate. “Being selected for this opportunity is a reason for anticipation and pride. It allows us to connect with others and participate in something exceptional,” she said. Participants and volunteers bonded over shared experiences and mutual support.

Creating an inclusive environment, especially for children with special needs, requires thoughtful strategies. Jennifer Marshall, one of the hosts of the Unified Track Meet from HEHS, explained their approach.

“To foster an inclusive environment, I seek out individuals who radiate positivity and kindness. They play a vital role in making these children feel valued and comfortable. By nurturing a community of kindness and respect, we empower children with special needs to feel more at ease and appreciated, encouraging their active involvement,” Marshall said.

The Unified Track Meet at HEHS showcased the power of inclusivity and community spirit. It provided a stage for athletic achievements and created an atmosphere where every participant felt recognized and supported, paving the way for future events that celebrate differences and unity.

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