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Lee County high school and middle school students to compete in unified track meets

By Staff | Feb 12, 2024

The School District of Lee County, with support from Lee County Parks & Recreation and Special Olympics Florida, will host unified track meets for middle school students and high school students on today and Thursday, Feb. 14-15. More than 500 students will compete during the two-day event.

Special Olympics Unified Sports combines students with intellectual or developmental disabilities (called “Athletes”) and students without intellectual disabilities or developmental disabilities (called “Partners”) on sports teams for training and competition. Through participation in Unified Sports, schools help to build a society of acceptance and inclusion and create friendship opportunities.

Eleven high schools will send 267 students to compete in the 4×100 and 4×200 relay, shot put and long jump. A total of 245 middle school students from nine schools and Buckingham Exceptional Student Center will complete in the 4×100 and a 4×200 relay, and the long jump. Each relay team consist of two Athletes and two Partners.

The high school track meet will be Thursday, Feb. 15, at Cypress Lake High School in Fort Myers. The events are held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. with the opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m.

Cypress Lake High School is at 6750 Panther Lane in Fort Myers.