Though most local teenagers probably spent this past weekend hanging out with friends or sleeping in, members of Unity Junior High School's Special Olympics soccer and track and field teams saw their months of hard work and dedication paying off, with athletes claiming both first-place and third-place victories at the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games in downstate Normal.
In its inaugural season, the Unity Tigers won third-place in state championship play, and just one week after graduation, new Unity alumnus Casey Nussbaum took home first place in the pentathlon event.
Congratulations to all Special Olympics athletes for another job well-done on the regional stage and continually demonstrating strong athleticism and good sportsmanship.
Casey Nussbaum, a recent graduate from Unity Junior High School, competes in a pentathlon event at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. at the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games on Saturday, June 9. Nussbaum came in first place for the event. PHOTOS SUBMITTED
Nussbaum stops for a photo with state police after his win.
Players from Unity's Special Olympics soccer team took home bronze medals for a third-place standing in the team's inaugural season.
Soccer players do a group cheer at the end of their game.
The soccer team's third-place medal and jersey from the inaugural season.