Unified Sports athletes find success at Winter Games

Shelburne Unified Sports athletes from left: Hope Beaudion, Mackenzie Marcus, Richard Stoddard, Owen Palmer, Joey Mumley, Kate Gruendling, and Trevor Cowan participate in the Winter Sports Games Friday, March 8. Not pictured: Owen Reeves and Garrett Richardson.

Shelburne Unified Sports athletes from left: Hope Beaudion, Mackenzie Marcus, Richard Stoddard, Owen Palmer, Joey Mumley, Kate Gruendling, and Trevor Cowan participate in the Winter Sports Games Friday, March 8. Not pictured: Owen Reeves and Garrett Richardson.

Along with 20 schools and hundreds of participants from around Vermont, the Shelburne Unified Sports athletes from the Shelburne Community School entered their very first Winter Sports Games. A spirited and well-trained contingent from the community rode to the Suicide Six Ski area on Friday, March 8 and enjoyed an amazing day of competition, friendship, smiles, teamwork, and success! Student athletes practiced snowshoeing together for weeks leading up to the big day. Athletes Garrett Richardson, Hope Beaudoin, Joey Mumley, Owen Palmer, McKenize Marcus, Richard Stoddard, Trevor Cowan, and Kate Gruendling, along with adult supporters Elaine Limanik, Olivia LeClerc, Jon Spagnolo, Jim Mumley, Autumn Dufresne, and Kelly Marcus began by bowling this fall in Shelburne. Champlain Lanes generously supported the team’s introduction as a Unified Sport through this effort. While the team didn’t compete at the state-wide bowling tournament this year, friendships were forged and set the stage for this winter’s competition.

Unified Sports Program Coordinator Rachael Oberst has developed the program over the past two years and worked tirelessly to make the Winter Sports Games a success. A 2008 UVM graduate, Oberst hopes the program will grow and expand in years to come. In fact, the spring season which will focus on bocce ball begins soon.

“Any students interested in joining Unified Sports can contact me at the Community School,” Oberst informed.  Contact her at roberst@cssu.org or call 985-3331.

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