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HHS, WFHS meet on unified sports field

Unified Sports

Unified Sports allows students with unique learning styles and general education students to form a bond and play competitive sports together. Both Higley and Williams Field High Schools compete in Unified Sports against each other and other schools in the area, such as Chandler and Queen Creek.
The biggest game of the year for both teams is coming up, and the teams could not be more excited. Higley High will face Williams Field in flag football on Tuesday, October 1st at 6:00 p.m. The game will be held at Higley High School, 4068 E. Pecos Road. This is a great opportunity to see the best in sportsmanship and teamwork.

“It’s going to be a good game. I’m excited for it,” said Higley High Unified Sports Coach Jeffrey Carranza. “We’ve got the band coming out for it. Hopefully we can get a good show of fans.”

The Unified Sports teams play flag football in the fall for five weeks, followed by soccer. After that, they go into a season of track and finally finish the year with a season of basketball.

All the students that participate in Unified Sports have a great time. It gives the students with unique learning styles the opportunity to be a part of a team and allows them to compete in sports. Unified Sports also gives the partners the opportunity to mentor students and have a positive impact on their lives.
“I do get to mentor them a little bit, but it really comes down to all the gen-ed kids that are in this program,” Carranza said. “They are amazing kids and they take good care of this program.”

Carranza said that all students on the team have such great spirit and attitude and take great pride in having the Higley High logo imprinted on their jerseys.

Unified Sports at both Higley High and Williams Field is ever-growing as students get involved and see what a great experience and opportunity it is.

“Just getting to watch the kids participate together, it’s very infectious,” said Williams Field Unified Sports Coach Lori Larsen. “The people that come watch, they get excited and want to get involved.”