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NFA Receives Unified Sports Champion Banner
Posted 01/25/2017 01:05PM


At half time of January 20's Boys Basketball Game against Bacon Academy, Special Olympics Connecticut and the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference recognized NFA's Unified Sports program for outstanding accomplishment.

The boys basketball game was followed by a celebratory RED vs WHITE Unified Basketball exhibition game directed by Unified Coach Chris Staley. In recognition of the event and to promote positive support of the Basketball Program and athletics in general, NFA students were admitted free for wearing RED and or WHITE.

Connecticut is one of the first states to participate in the Banner Unified Champion School program. The state's Unified Sports Program was one of three nationally to be chosen for this pilot before the award is available to schools across the United States. The Special Olympics National School Recognition Program provides an opportunity for schools across the United States to be acknowledged for their achievements with inclusion and their partnership with Special Olympics.

Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools have an inclusive school climate and exude a sense of collaboration, engagement and respect for all members of the student body and staff. A Banner Unified Champion School is one that has demonstrated commitment to inclusion by fully adopting the 3 components including: Special Olympics Unified Sports, Inclusive Youth Leadership and Whole School Engagement. Banner Schools also demonstrate a plan in place to sustain these activities into the future.

To qualify for the recognition schools must:
  • Have Unified Sports team(s) that participates in at least 2 sports seasons
  • Demonstrate Inclusive Youth Leadership
  • Demonstrate Whole School Engagement
  • Ensure the sustainability of the above components

Schools like Norwich Free Academy that achieve the standards are awarded a large vinyl banner that reads "Special Olympics Unified Champion School" which will includes a sticker for that given year similar to the athletic championship banners that hang in most school gymnasiums. The banners include open space for future year stickers.

Once a school receives a banner and continues to meet the standards it will be eligible to apply for additional year stickers.

305 Broadway, Norwich CT 06360 | Phone: (860) 887.2505

Since 1856, Norwich Free Academy has adhered to the philosophy of its founder to "return to our hamlets and our homes its priceless freight of youthful minds, enriched by learning, developed by a liberal culture, refined by study of all that is beautiful in nature and art, and prepared for the highest usefulness and the purest happiness"

Founder, John P. Gulliver,
NFA Dedication Ceremony (1856)

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