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Exceptional students become unified athletes

A Franklin County Schools' sponsored Unified Champion Schools basketball game was held Friday, December 20th at Long Mill Elementary School.

During the event, athletes from LMES and Franklinton Elementary School had the opportunity to play, shoot the ball and dance!

Special Olympics athletes paired with Unified Partners from each school to compete in a 5x5 basketball game. Unified Champion Schools is a program through Special Olympics that unifies athletes and their peers through sports.

Franklin County Schools has been a leader in the "Inclusion Revolution" for many years and has expanded the program to the district's elementary schools.

The event was sponsored by Covenant Hope Baptist Church, Moss Foods and Union Bank.


A large group of students, teachers and volunteers in a school gym


An elementary school exceptional student makes a basket


A student player shoots the basketball


A student is held up in the air to take a shot


High school students and adult volunteers with elementary unified champion students


Students enjoy themselves after the game finishes, hugging and dancing


Four young fans hold up a large yellow banner of support


A students shoots the ball