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Unified Highlight: Maggie Lane's inspiring commitment to inclusion

Maggie is a graduating Senior at Hartford High School and is a driving force behind the HHS Unified program. Maggie truly embodies the spirit of Special Olympics, championing inclusion in her school community, building friendships and bringing people together. Maggie recently shadowed at our offices, seeking to learn more about our work! We were so excited to get to know her, learn about her goals and the dedication she has to promoting inclusion! As she embarks on this next journey, we want to recognize her passion and commitment to our mission! Check out what Maggie had to share about her experience.

How long have you been involved with the Unified program at your school?

Maggie Lane: I have been involved for a year and a half. I wanted to start a program similar to best buddies. So I decided to start an inclusion group, in hopes to promote inclusion between the RRC (Regional Resource Center) and HHS (Hartford High School).

What have you enjoyed most about your Unified program?

ML: I truly have enjoyed the friendships that I have made. They are genuine and wholesome. Being apart and leading these groups have shown me pure love, passion and determination.

What have you learned?

ML: I have learned to enjoy the small things in life and also that the smallest act can truly change someone’s day and attitude.


Describe the impact the HHS Unified program has had on the school

ML: Unified sports particularly, has made a huge impact on our school. Since I began the inclusion groups, many students as well as staff are super excited for Unified basketball season. We pack the gym full and go all out for our athletes. The school-wide experience has proven to everyone that inclusion is important and possible! The Unified club is still growing but has become extremely active throughout this school year. Our group is trying to promote inclusion and show others that inclusion is easy!


What do your plans for after graduation look like?

ML: I am looking forward to spending time with RRC students this summer before I move. I am going to college at Elon University NC where I will be studying Special Education and Psychology. I am hoping to start a Best Buddies program at Elon and get involved with Special Olympics North Carolina!


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