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EHS Students Head to Special Olympics USA Games!

It is pretty well-known that the Ewing Schools have been a leader in inclusive educational and athletic programming.

From a long-established close relationship with Special Olympics, to embracing community involvement in its offerings, to having one of the first unified physical education classes and one of the most comprehensive unified athletics programs, the school district has truly been a pioneer in embracing innovative instruction that promotes equity and inclusivity.

Now a new chapter has been written in that story, as two Ewing High School students who embody the very best of that programming have been selected to participate in the prestigious 2022 Special Olympic USA games to be held in Orlando, Florida.

Every four years, Special Olympics athletes from all over the United States compete in the Special Olympics USA Games. This year, more than 5,500 athletes will head to Orlando to compete at the highest level.

ZachThis year, Ewing High School classmates Zachary Whyte and Kyle Delutis will proudly put on Team New Jersey garb and represent their state and school at this prestigious competition.

Whyte will be there as an athlete, participating in track events, while Delutis will serve as a unified partner for bowling.

The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games will be held in Orlando, Florida from June 5-12, 2022. More than 5,500 athletes and coaches representing 50 state programs and the Caribbean, along with the support of tens of thousands of volunteers and spectators, will compete in 19 Olympic-type team and individual sports. Being selected to be a part of this unique and inspiring athletic experience is a competitive process, one that Whyte and Delutis are thrilled to be a part of.

 

KyleIn addition to Whyte and Delutis, New Jersey will be sending 138 athletes and Unified partners along with 37 coaches to compete in 14 of the 19 sports being played at 2022 USA Games.

Whyte has been participating with the Special Olympics organization for over six years. He plays soccer, basketball, volleyball, and track.

Delutis, a senior at EHS, has been participating in Special Olympics New Jersey for six years. In addition to his stellar bowling skills, which makes him a standout member of Ewing High School’s championship Boys Bowling team, he does Unified bocce and track and field.

For Delutis, who works at Pennington Quality Market when not busy with his many activities, getting the call to become a member of Team New Jersey was one he will never forget.

“I was really happy when I found out I was chosen,” he stated. “I am truly proud to represent New Jersey at such an important event. I have volunteered with Special Olympics for a long time and this is an amazing way to end my senior year.”

Whyte and Delutis are excited about this opportunity to partake in such a special event.

“Our main goal is to have fun and enjoy the experience,” Delutis shared. “We know how important this event is for all of the athletes, so our goal is to have fun and help our team bring home gold!”

EHSBeing a member of Team New Jersey is certainly a memorable part of Whyte and Delutis’ résumé and bright future, Delutis is looking to attend college and continue to bowl competitively, but according to the Ewing Schools resident unified sports expert, District Supervisor David Hauserman, both are headed to even more exciting moments.

“Zack and Kyle are excellent students and wonderful ambassadors of the Ewing Schools Unified Program,” Mr. Hauserman shared. “They are hard-working, caring and dedicated to the mission of Special Olympics, and we are thrilled to see them put on that Team New Jersey uniform.”

“Now I hope they go to Orlando and bring back some hardware to the Ewing Schools,” Mr. Hauserman concluded with a smile.