Heritage is home to numerous sports and athletes. Inside the gym walls, the Unified Eagles, coaches, and student partners practice for their basketball games every Wednesday night.
The team practices every Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm in the Aux gym. The team has had two wins already in their season. They are lead by their six coaches: Mindy Wilson, Kyle Duggan, Kat Mackey, Ginny Youngkin, Kim Cuthbert and Kelli Glorso.
The team this year consists of two freshmen, four sophomores, three juniors, and five seniors. There are approximately eighty-five partners.
“There are way more parents, students and staff supporting this year,” says Eva Chaffin’16, a captain and second year participant of the JV Poms. “The games are just so much fun to watch,” she explains.
The Unified program provides a sense of community for everyone in and out of the school.
“Everyone on the Unified team is important and recognized as a critical member of the team,” says Wilson. “whether it is the athletes, partners, spectators, coaches, opponents, band, cheerleaders, poms team, or the Heritage mascot.”
The students come back each summer asking about Unified. They love it and look forward to it all year.
“The game and program highlights the abilities and strengths of all the students and what they can offer to the game, school and community, whether on or off the court,” says Wilson.
Unified brings Heritage students together as a whole student body. Unified is built off of making connections for all students that attend Heritage. The partners and players do many team building activities together. The competitive nature also comes out because basketball is a naturally competitive sport.
“The best part of Unified is knowing that as diverse as we might be on the outside, that on the inside we are all Eagles who like to celebrate, be active and just have a good time and have fun,” says Wilson.by