Bloomington North establishes Champions Together Unified Track & Field team
Bloomington High School North has been recognized for establishing a Unified Track & Field team as part of the Champions Together partnership between the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and Special Olympics Indiana. North students Elle Costello and Maddie Hunt advocated for the creation of the team by gaining support from individuals and businesses in the Bloomington community. The Champions Together partnership evolved from IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox charging the IHSAA Student Advisory Committee (SAC) to engage in “servant leadership” and discover ways to give back to their schools and communities. Special Olympics Inc. supports Champions Together as a model program to activate schools through “Project Unify” which also has the endorsement of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (IIAAA). During the first full year of the program, 26 schools were awarded the Champions Together designation for achieving all four (4) of Project Unify goals. Thirteen schools participated in the inaugural IHSAA Unified Track & Field state championship.