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    Special Olympics Indiana and the Indiana High School Athletic Association is proudly hosting the inaugural Champions Together Awards Luncheon on Monday, June 24.

    They will be recognizing the schools that have achieved the requirements for the 2018-2019 Unified Champion School banner as well as the special edition 50th Anniversary Gold banner.

    Blackford High School will be one of those schools. There will also be individual and team recognitions. The awards luncheon will be held at Embassy Suites by Hilton Noblesville-Indianapolis Conference Center.

      “This is something we should all be proud of. Champions Together is primarily a student driven effort and our kids have really done well to represent us. Erin Cagle and Emma Jacobs deserve special recognition for stepping up to head this effort this year.

    “Staff member and Coach Linda Wallace also deserve a lot of credit for mentoring our kids to succeed on the field, track and bowling alley and encouraging them to get involved in a great cause,” shared athletic director Tony Uggen.

    “This is our fourth year of taking part in the program and we continue to grow our Unified programs and get more kids involved. We have raised $7500 for the Indiana Special Olympics during that time. More so, our kids are learning to become servant leaders and providing opportunities for inclusion of those with intellectual and physical disabilities. I am really proud of what our kids, staff, school, and community (with their charitable donations) has done to be one of the state leaders in regard to involvement in Champions Together.”

      The Bruins will be recognized again for fulfilling all the requirements to be a Champions Together school in 2018-19.         

    “We will also receive a special Gold Banner celebrating the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics which required a few extra steps and a $3000 donation to Indiana Special Olympics,” Uggen continued.

    “Not many schools will be receiving this award, but we are certainly glad to be a part of it. We should be very proud of this accomplishment and thanks again for all who took part in the program.”