Special Olympics gets student support

January 21, 2014

By Madeline Wells

Madeline Wells Issaquah High School

Madeline Wells
Issaquah High School

Issaquah High School has a tradition of supporting special-needs students, whether through the Sharing Interests, Forming Friendships Club, where students go see movies together and organize other fun activities, or through a peer tutoring system. One of the most popular traditions, however, is cheering for our Special Olympics team.

At the “cram the stands” Special Olympics basketball game last year, an amazing turnout made for an incredible experience for everyone present.

“A huge portion of the student body came to support, and the result was this enormous, meaningful and validating experience,” senior Rebecca Chinn said.

This year, the “cram the stands” game was the first home game for the Special Olympics basketball season, on Jan. 13 against Ingraham High School. The band and cheerleading squad, as well as nearly 100 students, attended the game to cheer on their classmates.

“Personally, I think we’re really fortunate to be a part of this inclusive environment,” Chinn said before the game.

Her enthusiasm for the team reflects the attitude of many encouraging and involved IHS students. High school students have a significant ability to give their peers a sense of appreciation and support, and cheering on the Special Olympics team is a wonderful way to make them feel the love.

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