Hendricken has been proud to field Unified Sports teams since the program was introduced to the RIIL in Spring 2010.
Unified Sports is a cooperative venture between the Rhode Island Interscholastic League and Special Olympics of Rhode Island. Two Unified Sports are offered during the school year: Volleyball in the Fall, and Basketball in the Spring.
Each unified team consists of special athletes from our Options Program, and partner athletes from the general school community. The athletes practice and play together as a team, and have a schedule confected by the RIIL; they play against other Rhode Island high schools with unified teams.
Bishop Hendricken was a founding member of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League’s Unified Volleyball league. The Hawks team features students from our Options Program playing as athletes along with partners, who are fellow students charged with helping the athletes learn the sport’s fundamentals and enjoy participating in practices and matches. The Hawks captured their first championship in 2013 with a win in the Division II Unified Volleyball final. In 2014, Hendricken captured its second state title at the Division I level, followed by back-to-back championships in 2016 and 2017.
Bishop Hendricken’s Unified Basketball program teams athletes from the school’s Options Program with student partners charged with enhancing the athletes’ experience by creating on-court opportunities for success. The Hawks have made significant contributions to the sport’s success statewide with strong participation, good sportsmanship, and a state title in 2011.