One of the primary goals of having the Champions Together basketball game is to promote inclusiveness among all students, and few students are able to embody the goal as well as Edgar Arteaga.
“I support unified sports because it raises money for a good cause, and I enjoyed helping others with special needs,” said Artega. “The program also helped me play a bigger role in my community.”
In addition to his support of the program, Edgar Arteaga is also a fantastic person to spend time with outside of school according to many of his friends, some of which he made during the Champions Together games.
Arteaga’s contributions do not go unnoticed.
“Edgar is a good role model for students in the special education department because of his kind and inclusive personality,” said Pete Newton.
Alongside the recognition given by his friends, Arteaga’s contributions have been recognized by the Harrison High School administrators.
“It has been rewarding for me to work with Edgar and the rest of the unified basketball team,” said Harrison Athletic Director Jerry Galema. “When I see how the members of our basketball team interact with these students, I just think of how rewarding this game is to both groups.”
In addition to his involvement with Harrison’s Champions Together team, Arteaga also participates on the unified track team at Harrison.
Edgar Arteaga constantly encourages all of his peers to contribute to the Special Olympics program in any way they can. He proves to be inclusive of any person who wants to help with the program. He also wishes to continue to participate in the program following his high school career.
Throughout Arteaga’s high school career, he has proved to play a significant role in encouraging students to play a role in supporting Special Olympics Indiana and Harrison’s Champions Together basketball game.