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DeKalb Barons                                                    Champions Together Initiative

                                                   Dk.   Lt.   Name
                                                   1    1    Noah Griggs                   In 2012, it began with a challenge from then IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox to the 18
                                                   2    2    Colton Johnson         members of the IHSAA Student Advisory Committee (SAC).  A challenge to find an organization to
                                                   6    6    Cohen Pfefferkorn      support on an on-going basis to build a legacy of leadership.  The SAC researched not-for-profit
                                                   7    7    Scott Slaybaugh
                                                   8    8    Preston Hayward        organizations and unanimously recommended that a partnership be formed between the IHSAA and
                                                   9    9    Keagen Yarian          Special Olympics Indiana (SOIN) based on a “mutual love of sports.”  The “Champions Together”
                                                   10   19   Lionel Cox             partnership was born and first introduced to the entire IHSAA membership in 2013-14 with the philos-
                                                   11   11   Curtis Cook            ophy, “Servant Leadership. Changing Live.”
                                                   12   12   Ray Chalfin
                                                   13   13   Aiden Maloney
                                                   14   14   Myles Dobson           Champions Together has experienced exceptional growth since its inception over the past nine
                                                   15   15   Briar Hartleroad       years.  It started with 13 schools participating in Unified Sports® with the inaugural Unified Track and
                                                   17   17   Dominick Keen          Field State Tournament in 2013.  It spread to many schools across the state with retired Champions
                                                   18   18   Kyle Putman            Together Director, Lee Lonzo, traveling thousands of miles with Special Olympics Advocates Mitch
                                                   20   20   Christian Butcher      Bonar and Andrew Peterson spreading the word of inclusion, acceptance and respect to schools and
                                                   21   21   Michael Smith          student bodies.  Unified Flag Football launched in 2018 and has grown from 25 schools participating
                                                   22   22   Eizabeth Bartz
                                                   23   23   Skyler Simmons         in the inaugural State Tournament to 41 schools in 2021.  The unified movement will continue to grow
     Front Row (left to right): Lionel Cox, Myles Dobson, Aiden Maloney,   24   24   Chevy Holdaway  and change the lives of student-athletes across Indiana.
     Michael Smith, Briar Hartletroad, Carter Thompson;   30   30   Carter Thompson
     2nd Row: Keagan Yarian, Ray Chalfin, Cohen Pfefferkorn,                        Champions Together is a collaborative partnership and SOIN continues to be a full partner in Cham-
     Chevy Holdaway; 3rd Row: Ryan Baker, Colton Johnson, Noah   Coaches - Carol Fike, Ryan Baker,   pions Together.  SOIN helps by providing technical support in implementing Unified Sports based on
     Griggs, Adam Dunn, Skyler Simmons, Scott Slaybaugh,   Doug Kelley, Brennen Maloney  more than 20 years of experience.  They have also provided financial grants to schools which start
     Preston Hayward; Back Row: Carol Fike, Dominick Keen,                          Unified Sports programs, paid all costs of IHSAA Unified Sports Tournaments, and provided more
     Kyle Putnam, Curtis Cook, Christian Butcher, Brennan Maloney,   Manager - Adam Dunn   than 250 school assemblies either in-person or virtually promoting respect and inclusion.  SOIN also
     Doug Kelley
                                                                                    sponsors two high school state championships in Unified Bocce (6th annual) and Unified Bowling (4th
                         Brownsburg Bulldogs                                        annual) which provides competitive opportunities for students with and without intellectual disabilities.
                                                                                    Unified eSports and Unified Robotics have emerged out of the pandemic as two new possibilities for
                                                                                    SOIN sponsored championships.
                                                    Dk.    Lt.   Name
                                                    1   1    Casey Sparks           Champions Together is more than just Unified Sports.  Being a part of Champions Together means
                                                    2   2    Walker Fruits          acceptance, community, school pride, comfort, belonging, healing and sometimes even therapy for
                                                    3   3    Logan Bradley          some.  Champions Together changes the culture in schools, creates opportunities for those who
                                                    4   4    Carson Knox            necessary may not get it, and forms life-long & lasting friendships.
                                                    5   5    Cam Reich              Be part of the #InclusionRevolution and #PlayUnified!
                                                    7   7    Gavin Barnes           Thank you for your continued support of Champions Together
                                                    11   11   Mimi Kaba
                                                    12   12   Jordan Clendenney
                                                    13   13   Justin Petty                                                     Mike Hasch – Special Olympics Indiana
                                                    14   14   Scott Tienda
                                                    15   15   William Nolte
                                                    17   17   Jackson Kerr
                                                    20   20   Luke Grimes
                                                    22   22   Quintin Wilson
                                                    24   24   Owen Brown
                                                    25   25   Gabriel Biagioni
    Front Row (left to right): Ethan Hart, Mimi Kaba, Caleb Heldman,    33   33   Caleb Heldman
    Carson Knox, Jackson Kerr, Gavin Barnes, Walker Fruits, Casey Sparks;      47   47   Parker Huff
    Back Row: Kayle Comer, Owen Brown, Cameron Reich, Parker Huff,    77   77   Adeoyin Mogaji
    Brynn Barnett, Justin Petty, Quintin Wilson, Luke Grimes, Scotty Tienda,
    Adedoyin Mogaji, Oluwaferanmi Arise, William Nolte, Gabriel Biagioni,    Head Coach - Kayle Comer
    Chris Douglas, Ava Guckenburger; Not Pictured: Jordan Clendenny,    Assistant Coach - Chris Douglas
    Logan Bradley                                   Manager / Stats - Ava Guckenburger

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