École Secondaire Notre Dame High School is bringing students together through sport with the inaugural ND Unified Cougar Classic on April 12.   

“This event marks a significant milestone in the mission to foster inclusivity and camaraderie among high school students through sports. The ND Unified Cougar Classic will bring together students with and without intellectual disabilities to train and compete side by side, showcasing the true spirit of teamwork and mutual respect,” a Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools (RDCRS) media release said.   

Each team is carefully created to ensure a balance of skills, offering every participant the chance to contribute to the teams success using their unique abilities.  

“This year's event underscores our commitment to creating a supportive and fun environment where athletes can compete fairly and safely,” the release said. “The first Annual ND Unified Cougar Classic is not just a competition; it is a celebration of the power of sports to bring people together, breaking down barriers and creating lasting friendships. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to cheer on these remarkable teams as they demonstrate the true meaning of unity and sportsmanship.”  

The event is set for April 12, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.