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The 2019 UCS Soccer Championship was held on Wednesday, May 22 at George Washington High School. This soccer championship marked the 7th Annual Unified Soccer Championship in Philadelphia with more than ten schools participating. George Washington students Ronald Pierre and Manny Molina joined PHL17 anchor Demetria Green as emcees for Opening Ceremonies. George Washington band member, Kiara Reynoso, and George Washington student and singer, Daniel Mozol performed the national anthem. After the Flame of Hope arrived and the cauldron was lit, there was one more surprise waiting for our athletes. Philadelphia Union mascot, Phang made a surprise appearance at the end of Opening Ceremonies to say hello to all of the athletes and wish them luck.
In addition to the high schools competing, we welcomed GW Childs Elementary School and Munoz-Marin Elementary School to participate in a Young Athlete demonstration and to cheer on their high school peers. Through the Young Athletes demonstration, our elementary schools participated in a series of soccer drills and a healthy habits table where they learned habits to keep them healthy throughout the year.
High Schools participating in the event included: Abraham Lincoln High School, Universal Audenreid, Frankford High School, Furness High School, Kensington Health Sciences Academy, George Washington High School, Schools of the Future, Martin Luther King High School, Sayre High School, and Thomas Edison High School. Schools participated in one of two divisions – a competitive model and a player development model. In the competitive model, Unified Partners and Unified Athletes have similar skills. In the player development model, Unified Partners assist teammates of lower abilities in developing sport-specific skills and tactics, and in successfully participating in a cooperative team environment.