Rutgers Unified Sports To Host Evaluations Sunday Afternoon

By Justin Lesko

Rutgers Unified Sports, the university’s newest club sport, is holding evaluations for new members tomorrow at 12:15 in the Werblin Recreation Center on Busch campus.

The club pairs Special Olympics New Jersey athletes with Rutgers students on the basketball court.

“Unified Sports itself are people with special needs and without special needs playing on the same team and it creates an environment of inclusion and acceptance through sports,” said Rutgers Unified Sports President AJ Edenzon. “So it’s kind of bringing athletes who wouldn’t necessarily hang out with Rutgers students and brings them into our kind of world.”

Edenzon said teamwork and comradery were some of the main goals of the club, but emphasized the competitive aspect as well.

“Some of these athletes are the most competitive people you’ve ever met,” she said.

The club is hoping to add 20-30 students to play, referee, coach and keep score. They have already recruited 12-15 athletes from Special Olympics New Jersey.

Currently the club is only accepting Rutgers students, but Edenzon said there are many other programs, available through Special Olympics New Jersey, including ones for high school and middle school students.

She hopes to assemble five teams to play scrimmages every Sunday. The season’s winning team will represent Rutgers at the Shriver Cup in Wildwood, N.J. against seven other colleges and universities in the state.

Rutgers students interested in more information can go to the group’s Facebook page  or email them at Athletes can contact Special Olympics New Jersey.