SHS recognized as a Unified Banner Champion School

Southington UNICO announced that the Southington High School Unified Sports Team has been recognized as a Unified Banner Champion School. This is a national award sponsored by Special Olympics International.

The Southington Board of Education recognized the program during the Jan. 12 board meeting and presented the team with a certificate of excellence.

The Unified Sports Team is fully funded by Southington UNICO and has been one of the organization’s key initiatives for five years.

“The program truly embodies the UNICO mantra of service to fellow man and community in addition to being a charitable educational project,” UNICO officials said in a press release.

According to Special Olympics International, Unified Champion Schools have an inclusive school climate and exude a sense of collaboration, engagement and respect for all members of the student body and staff. A Banner Unified Champion School is one that has demonstrated commitment to inclusion by fully adopting the three components including: Special Olympics Unified Sports, Inclusive Youth Leadership, and Whole School Engagement.

The SHS Unified Sports Team is now one of only 32 programs in the country to have received this recognition.

“We would like to thank all of the members of UNICO for your support. Thank you for allowing us to do what we do and for allowing the athletes and partners of all our teams to be a part of something so special,” said Unified Sports Team Coaches, Marguerite Maddalena, Denise Ingriselli and Andrew Larkin in a letter to Southington UNICO.

Officials from Southington UNICO also highlighted high school’s Unified Theater program.

Southington UNICO is comprised of more than 80 members and is a service-oriented organization that was established in 1944. The club distributes about $30,000 to local and national charities and initiatives. Learn more at

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