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David Gehman

Chino Valley High School

Sports Unified - Partner of the Year

David is the definition of what a leader and Unified Partner should be. He has only been involved with the program for 3 years but has made the biggest impact within his school and with his athletes. David participates in Bocce, Basketball, Badminton, and Track & Field. The first year he was a partner he was placed with a non-verbal student athlete, one nobody wanted to be partnered with. Although it was difficult at first, he found new ways to communicate with his athlete. When year two came around he chose him again and same with year three. They are now more than just Unified Partner and Athlete, they are true friends.

David’s coach knew his capability of being a leader and great partner, in addition to his non-verbal athlete, he received a second athlete for his third year. David is looked up to by all of his teammates and he has impacted all of their lives greatly by giving them the best gift, friendship. He includes both his athletes in his everyday life, more than just when they are at practice.

Not only has David become an exceptional leader for the Unified Sports program, he has impacted the program at Chino Valley by serving as the President of the Unified Club which he hosted their Miracle Minute fundraiser and R-Word campaign for the past 3 years. Just this past year the school of 750 students raised over $1000. David himself will have over 300 volunteer hours of service in their Unified program by the end of the year.

David has also gone above and beyond his impact on CVHS. He participated in the Polar Plunge helping raise over $1200 for Special Olympics Arizona, he helped host a Youth Summit last fall for Northern Arizona schools interested in starting a Unified program, and he even was chosen to represent CVHS and SOAZ at the first Capitol Days where he spoke and shared his passion for the Unified movement in Arizona to our state legislators and governor. David even participated in the pilot year of Badminton in the U.S. this last fall helping Arizona take the lead in starting this new sport for Special Olympics.


Events for the week of October 15, 2018

Monday, October 15, 2018

Executive Board Meeting - 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Officials Basketball Training - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Football Reclassification Meeting - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

AIA Wrestling Officials Meeting - 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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