CMU receives prestigious award from Special Olympics

CMU is now a National Unified Champion school. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan University got a prestigious award Tuesday.

CMU is now a National Unified Champion school.

What that means is the Special Olympics Organization sees the university as a leader in bringing all athletes together.

A banner will now proudly hang in the gym where student recreation leagues get together on campus.

CMU was actually the first university to start a Unified Sports Intramural Program.

Now 150 other schools have these types of programs too.

After the banner was unveiled, the Special Olympic athletes and students in the Rec Volleyball League hit the court to show first hand what brought them this award.

"Our athletes they come to campus, they feel welcome, they feel open to share, and they open up more to our students. So, they've gone to national tournaments, regional tournaments, and it's just really been a lot of new opportunities for our athletes and our students, and with each of those opportunities they form a closer bond,” said Dan Ekonen of Special Olympics Michigan.

This award of National Unified Champion School was only given to five schools nationwide this year.

That makes it a big honor for Central Michigan, and really for Special Olympics of Michigan as well, showing the true partnership between them both.

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