On April 13, Edison High School (EHS) hosted the Huntington Beach Union High School District’s (HBUHSD) inaugural Soccer by the Sand Unified Sports Tournament. This inclusive, district-wide competition brought together Special Olympic athletes and general education partners to train and compete together on the same soccer teams.

Three HBUHSD schools participated — Edison High School, Fountain Valley High School (FVHS), and Westminster High School (WHS). These three schools made up ten different teams split up in two different divisions — Pro, for higher skilled players, and Collegiate, for players still learning. The team names were Roarin’ Red (WHS), Feel the Burn! (EHS), Pouncing Pride (WHS), SAC Town (EHS), Baron Strikers (FVHS), Lion Mambo (WHS), LINC Legends (EHS), Baron United (FVHS), Den Defenders (WHS) and SAC FC (EHS).

Following a long day of fun and fierce competition, Westminster High School’s Lion Mambo claimed the Pro Championship title! The teams were all awarded ribbons for their efforts in the tournament.

In conjunction with the Special Olympics of Southern California, this tournament was made possible by Westminster High School’s adapted physical education specialist Sue Williams, district administrators, Edison High School, and many more.

The Unified Sports Tournaments aim to promote and create social inclusion between individuals with and without intellectual disabilities through sports. For more information about the Unified Sports program, visit https://www.sosc.org/unifiedsports.