December 11, 2015
To Whom It May Concern:
It is with gratitude and appreciation I write this letter in support of Robin Mitchell and everything Special Olympic Unified Sports has done for the students of our district. Since the implementation of Unified Sports in the Olean City Schools, we have seen students with and without disabilities form bonds and friendships on and off the court.
Due to the different learning styles, many of our students with disabilities needs are best met outside of the general education classroom. Before Unified Sports, these students didn’t have an opportunity to socialize with peers. Unified Sports has helped break the barrier. Having the common ground of being on the same sport’s team has opened doors that have always been shut. Students with disabilities are now being invited to birthday parties, school dances and other social activities.
Our original Unified program had 20 students; this year we had 80. Our program is reaching and touching lives in ways that words will never describe. Please continue to make our program and the lives it touches bigger and better.
Please let me know if I can give further testimony and support of Special Olympic Unified Sports.
Olean Intermediate Middle School
401 Wayne St.
Olean, NY 14760