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Community Foundation grant helps fund Champions Together at MCS

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Community Foundation of Grant County recently awarded Marion Community Schools’ Special Services Department a $2,500 grant to help fund Champions Together, a collaboration between the IHSAA and Special Olympics that promotes servant leadership among student athletes while changing their lives as well as the lives of those with intellectual disabilities.

The Marion Giants Champions Together program encompasses the Unified Basketball season, which features teams from all of Grant County’s public schools, as well as the Unified Track season, when the Giants compete with schools from around the area and at the state level with a tournament system just like any other varsity sport affiliated with the Indiana High School Athletic Association. This year it also featured the Little Feet Meet, a fun event that featured various track and field activities for children of all abilities. While Marion Community Schools has participated in Unified Basketball for a few years, Unified Track and the Little Feet Meet were new this year, as was the affiliation with Champions Together.

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“The impact of this grant award is tremendous as it will help provide uniforms for the team and allow the players to look and feel the part of being a Marion Giants varsity athlete,” MCS Special Services Director Lisa Graham said. “Being a part of a team brings confidence, acceptance from peers, and pride in oneself and other teammates. That is huge in the life of a young person who gets to be a part of Champions Together!”

This grant from the Community Foundation will help propel this program into its second year, and Marion Community Schools is looking ahead to the continuing positive impact that Champions Together will have on our students, our schools, and our community.

In the coming school year, students will again have the opportunity to participate as Unified teammates, as volunteers, or even just as fans. Like any other athletic event, Unified games and meets take many hands. We're looking for an announcers, scorers, teammates, cheerleaders, M-Club cheer block members, and concession workers. Ask yourself, “Where could I serve best?” If you would like more information about how you can get involved, contact Lisa Graham, or 662-2546, ext. 139.

The Community Foundation of Grant County is an advocate for local philanthropy and is dedicated to connecting people who care with causes that matter. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1984, the Community Foundation works with donors to establish charitable funds and supports non-profit organizations through a variety of grant-making efforts. The Community Foundation connects people, resources, and causes to promote sustainable impact toward the betterment of Grant County.  Currently the Community Foundation holds more than 300 different funds that benefit worthy charities and charitable causes in Grant County. For more information, click here to visit them online, or call 765-662-0065.