Champions Together

Seniors makes strides toward helping others, building friendships

While taking a jog, senior Graham Ruselink shows the joy she feels while running alongside her teammates. “Running is something I despise unless I’m doing it with my Champions Together athletes,” said Ruselink. Photo by Phia Foley.

Just as she runs on the court and track, senior Graham Ruselink takes strides toward building new relationships and growing existing friendships with disabled people.

Winning the race or coming in first in the competition does not always make a champion. Instead, it is the teamwork and compassion one shows toward others that truly defines a winner. By these standards, both upcoming senior Graham Ruselink and her mentally handicapped teammates embody champions. Through a program called Champions Together, Ruselink shares the basketball court and track with students in her school who have disabilities. She serves …
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