17 year old student Sarah Greichen has been a Unified Partner for the last three years. Alongside her partner, Special Olympics Colorado Athlete Hanna Atkinson, she is making an impact that reaches far beyond what anyone could imagine.
Sarah first met Hanna at Heritage High School, where Hanna was sitting alone at lunch. Sarah joined Hanna, and they learned that they were both on the Swim and Dive Team, and were members of Special Olympics Colorado’s Youth Activation Committee. The two have been inseparable ever since.
Through a Special Olympics Colorado Mini-Grant, Sarah has been able to support her non-profit organization, Score A Friend, at her school. Score A Friend is a unified club that promotes and supports the inclusion of kids with all abilities in schools and communities. With her mini-grant, Sarah purchased t-shirts and lanyards to promote the club and hosted “Score A Friend Week” to promote awareness about her unified club, unified sports teams, and inclusion.
Score A Friend started when Sarah wanted to help her twin brother with an autism spectrum disorder. In an effort to create unified friendships, Sarah thought integrating clubs, sports, and friends was a good way to facilitate this dynamic, and Score A Friend was born. Today, there are Score A Friend clubs at Louisiana State University, Front Range Christian, and Buck Recreation Center, with many other schools lining up to start Score A Friend clubs next year.
Hanna has learned that she is capable of anything when Sarah is by her side, and every day strives to be more like her best friend.