CCSD Students Win Gold in Special Olympics Winter Games
Cherokee County School District students won gold in the statewide Special Olympics Winter Games!
Cherokee County Special Olympics’ traditional basketball and unified basketball teams both won gold and students earned gold for basketball skills and bowling events during this past weekend’s competition.
“Congratulations to all of our Special Olympians – we’re so proud of each of you!” Dr. Hightower said. “Your dedication to your sport and your team inspires me. It’s wonderful to see our student athletes of all ages earning gold medals at this event. Thank you to the coaches, volunteers and sponsors who give of their time and their hearts to make our Cherokee County Special Olympics program a great success.”
Traditional Basketball members are: Aiden Bailey of Creekview High School, Alan Miller of Sequoyah High School and Transition Academy students Kai Fairfax, Caleb Guy, Shelby Hart, Jalen Jones, Cody West and Raymond West.
Unified Basketball team members are: athletes Tylor Armstrong of Sequoyah High School, Charlie Holderness of Creekview High School and Brody Wright of Transition Academy; and partners Anna Weitzenkorn and Aven Wright of Cherokee High School. A unified team includes neurotypical peers who are called Unified Partners in the competition.
Individual gold medal winners are: for basketball skills, Randy Alcantara of Sequoyah High School, Oak Reece of R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy and Remy Wilson of Woodstock HS; for ramp bowling, Will Carnes of Transition Academy and Carly Carter of Sequoyah High School; and for traditional bowling, Jack Brewer of Transition Academy.
They will all be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Dr. Hightower at the February School Board meeting. The Olympians will be joined at the meeting by CCSD Adapted PE teacher Ben Farist, who serves as the Cherokee County Special Olympics coordinator.