The 2016 IHSA State Bass Fishing Tournament will be held at Lake Carlyle on Friday and Saturday, May 20-21. You have the opportunity to automatically advance a boat into the tournament!
Deadline: Schools interested in securing a Unified Boat for the 2016 IHSA Tournament must contact Tracy Hilliard at email@example.com or 309-888-2551 by October 21, 2015.
The 2016 tournament will again feature a Unified division accommodating up to 8 boats. Each Unified boat will feature three participants: a high school Special Olympics athlete, a high school student peer partner and a non-competing adult driver/coach. The Unified division will follow all IHSA tournament rules with the addition of requiring that 1 Special Olympics athlete and 1 Unified peer partner be fishing at all times. Unified boats are not required to compete in sectional tournaments. 8 Unified boats will be selected to compete in the 2016 state tournament.
Each Special Olympics athlete and Unified peer partner must meet IHSA eligibility guidelines and be attending an IHSA member school to be eligible to compete in the tournament. All athletes and coaches must complete IHSA and school forms and paperwork required to practice and compete in bass fishing.
Schools must provide their own boats and will be required to pay all expenses related to the tournament. All eligible IHSA member schools are eligible to submit a request to enter a boat into the Unified division but preference will be given to those schools that are already or will agree to become a Project UNIFY school.
Please see the flyer below for more details.
2016 Unified Bass Fishing Flyer
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day is an annual celebration of her life and a global call for people to live in a more unified society — in sport, in the community and in the work place. By committing acts of inclusion, acceptance and unity for and with people with intellectual disabilities, we will continue to build on the legacy of Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s actions helped open the minds and hearts of all people to the gifts and talents of individuals with intellectual disabilities. As the founder of Special Olympics she demonstrated an unrelenting and indomitable spirit, with an unshakable belief that one person can make a difference and change the world.
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