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NHS Unveils Special Olympics Unified Champion School Banner During Unified Basketball Game

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With both current and former members of the Northport High School Unified sports program in attendance, district officials unveiled the official Unified Champion School banner, presented by Special Olympics New York. The unveiling took place after the Sparkle Squad halftime show during the first Unified basketball game of the season. 
During the presentation, Athletic Director Mark Dantuono thanked the many individuals who have supported the program and introduced transition coordinator and Unified Sports coach Cassie Reilly to present the banner. Cassie spoke about the process of being selected for this honor and how the district met Special Olympics’ 10 national standards of excellence. She also spoke about the many people who have contributed to the success of the various inclusive programs, including students, staff and families. 
Northport High School is one of only two schools on Long Island to have received this honor and was the only Long Island school to be added to the list this year. The recognition was due to the school’s offering of both Unified Basketball and Unified Bowling, as well as additional inclusive opportunities such as Best Buddies, Sparkle Squad Dance Team, Choose to Include Day celebration and more.  The banner will be displayed at Northport High School as a reminder of the special honor. 
The game continued with a win over Commack High School and members of the Unified Team celebrating this special event.