This year, Dover High School debuted a brand new sports team for students to join- The Unified Flag Football Team. This would be the first time Dover is participating in a new statewide high school league, which is only on its second season and currently has twelve teams.
The league, inspired by the Delaware Special Olympics starting their own two years ago, is comprised of KCCS students for the most part, but also lets any others students join.
The brand new team has already exceeded expectations with a winning record of 5 to 1 and had advanced into the State Semifinals. But what’s more important to the young team, is the strong support of the Dover community, which is evident at every game. At their very first game, where they beat Caesar Rodney in just the last seconds, the Dover Varsity and JV football teams were out there on the sidelines, cheering with many other fans who had come out to watch.
Coach Gavin Schukoske, says that he gets around “five people a day” coming to talk to him about the progress of the team and how well they are doing. “It’s been a great opportunity for the KCCS students and has allowed them to come out of the shadows and truly feel like part of the community,” Schukowske shared.
David Simms, a KCCS student who was been able to flourish throughout the season, adds, “It was really fun and my favorite part was being able to play with my classmates.”
One of those classmates was Mike Carrington, a junior who joined with a group of non-KCCS students when they heard about the team. Carrington describes his time on the team as, “A humbling experience.” He continues by saying, “It’s really fun to play with the team and it just built a very strong bond between the KCCS students and the rest of Dover High.”
The Unified Flag Football team played their semifinal game at Smyrna last Wednesday, where they had their second loss of the season in a very close game. Schukowske ends with, “I’m incredibly proud of the hard work and determination they have displayed throughout the season. It’s no easy feat to make the semifinals and they should be proud of their accomplishments, I know I am. The support we have received from Dover High students and faculty has been nothing short of amazing. It truly makes me proud to be able to call myself a Senator.”