New Unified Sports team takes the floor at Wamogo
The Wamogo Unified Sports team and its coaches, along with game officials, gathers for a photo before Tuesday's game against Shepaug. John McKenna photos
Wamogo's new Unified Sports team played its first basketball game on Tuesday as it prepares for a Unified Sports tournament at Wilby High School in Waterbury March 8.
The team for special needs students in grades 7-8 put on quite a show for a large crowd of parents, school staff and students gathered in the school's auxiliary gym.
Wamogo athletic director Dan Nemergut, who has previous experience with Unified Sports, organized the Wamogo team afer the concept was approved by the Board of Education in September. Unified Sports is affiliated with Special Olympics and in Connecticut flies under the banner of the CIAC. The program is designed to promote inclusion and give special needs students a chance to be part of an organized team.
Coaching the Wamogo team were Wamogo junior Reid Turtoro and Lisa Weik of Morris. Turtoro's teammates on the Wamogo basketball team, Sean Coffey and Erik Fowler, were the referees.
Unified Sports team member Daniel Burr high-fives his coach, Reid Turtoro.
The crowd likes what it sees.
Annie Silver gets set to take a shot.
David Pape has his eyes on the basket.
Wamogo sophomore Erik Fowler was a referee.
Team member Caleb Burr and coach Reid Turtoro.
Region 6 Superintendent of Schools Christopher Leone, left, and athletic director Dan Nemergut give participants a hand.