Teon Logan and Edgar Gonzalez are students at Coolidge High School in Brightwood Park. Teon is a Special Olympics athlete, who has intellectual disability, and Edgar is a Unified Partner, who does not have disabilities. Through Coolidge’s Special Olympics program, Teon and Edgar began playing soccer and working on class projects together, breaking down the barriers between students with and without disabilities at their school. This past May, Teon and Edgar competed together on Coolidge’s Unified Soccer Team, playing against students with and without disabilities from high schools all over DC. Coolidge took home the bronze medal!
Now, because of their dedication to inclusion, Teon and Edgar have been selected to represent DC United as this year’s Youth All-Stars!
DC United invited Teon, Edgar, and their families out to a DC United game in June, claiming they were being rewarded for their leadership. At the end of the game, the boys were brought down to the field for their surprise! On the field, DC United formally invited Teon and Edgar compete as DCU’s All-Stars! They received custom DC United jerseys and met player Russell Canouse.
Teon and Edgar will join youth all-stars from MLS programs around the country this week for soccer practice, leadership development, the MLS All-Star game, and of course, the Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Game!
Join the Special Olympics DC family as we cheer on Teon, Edgar, and Unified Team EAST next Wednesday, July 19th, at 3pm at the US Naval Academy. The game is free and all are welcome! Please direct any questions to email@example.com.