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Spring Woods High School special needs students build skill set through Special Olympic games


Spring Woods High School (SWHS) special needs students recently participated in KPMG’s Unified Day, where KPMG employees partnered with Special Olympics athletes and collaborated in a series of challenges and games. 

“This is a great event that promotes socialization and gives students an opportunity to learn about teamwork,” said Melissa Kaliff, SWHS Life Skills teacher. “Our students enjoyed the event and were excited to participate.”

This is the first year the event was hosted at SWHS and was in celebration of KPMG’s 125th anniversary. To host the event, the accounting firm collaborated with Special Olympics, a nonprofit organization that aims to drive social change by delivering high-quality training in unified sports to people with intellectual disabilities. 

“A big part of KPMG’s culture is giving back to the community,” said Mary Graham, KPMG Strategic Initiatives associate director. “We had 75 employees who participated and were thrilled about collaborating with students in the Special Olympic games.” 

Parents also attended and highlighted how the event was beneficial for their students. 

“My son is an only child and does not have the opportunity to socialize much during the summer,” said Leticia Piñon, a SWHS parent. “Through this event he was able to engage with others, while also having fun.” 

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