For three years now the Denver Nuggets have made an annual visit to watch a Unified Eagles Basketball game. This tradition started when former Nuggets player Chris “Birdman” Andersen, now with the Miami Heat came in 2011. Ever since then the Nuggets are eager to come back to Heritage and attend a Unified game. Last year players from the team included Kenneth Faired, Timofey Mosgov, Kosta Koufous, and Corey Brewer. “We want to come back every year if we can, it’s one of the first events we schedule,” says Doug Fulton, Denver Nuggets Community Relations Coordinator. “It’s everything that’s right about sports.”Through Project Unify all of this is possible. The project unites professional athletes and Special Olympics teams. Few select players stand along the sidelines and cheer on the 17 athletes and nearly 80 partners.
“It’s fun to see the kids have a good time and smiles on their faces,” says small forward Corey Brewer who returned from last year.
At Unified the score doesn’t matter and baskets call for a celebration. That overwhelming support keeps the Nuggets coming back. The Nuggets also bring their own announcer, cheerleaders, and of course Rocky, the team mascot. During substitutions and breaks between quarters they throw t-shirts into the crowd.
“It’s good to support them because they always support us,” says center Kosta Koufos, who also returned to Heritage for this special event.
For first time visitors, watching Unified is remarkable and unforgettable.
“Everybody is on the court having a good time,” says forward Wilson Chandler.
“It’s great to meet new people and see the team, high school, and community,” says small forward Danilo Gallinari.
For one night of the season it doesn’t matter if you are a partner, player, or professional athlete because on that night everyone is connected and unified.by
Alpine Club climbs to new heights
Heritage’s Alpine Club has kept busy since the start of the school year, taking their first hike up Goliath Peak on August 25. The kick off hike of the year offered new members a taste of what the club has to offer. Mr. Warren, Heritage Math Teacher, has been sponsoring the club for 18 years.
Track and Field hosts Liberty Bell amid exciting season
Every year around the end of April, Heritage hosts a huge track meet with about 40 schools participating. Organizing the event this year is the head track coach Mr. Tyler Knoblock, from the Physical Education Department.