Special Olympics Selects New York Unified Pair as 2020 U.S. Youth Ambassadors

Brockport High School Grads Taking Special Olympics Unified Sports to SUNY College at Brockport

Brockport, NY – Ella Mohney and Courtney Langelotti, who recently graduated from Brockport High School and now attend SUNY College at Brockport together, are one of only eight Unified pairs to be named Special Olympics U.S. Youth Ambassadors for 2020-21. In this role, Ella and Courtney will attend seminars, share stories, and advocate for inclusion in partnership with Unified pairs from schools throughout the country.

VIDEO: Ella and Courtney speak more about their experience playing Unified in this recent interview with Special Olympics New York President & CEO Stacey Hengsterman.

“We are so proud of Ella and Courtney for the work they’re doing to share the message of inclusion and encourage others to join in the Unified Champion Schools movement,” said Hengsterman. “At Brockport High School and now in college, Ella and Courtney have demonstrated the value of Unified Sports and youth leadership in our state. Now, they get to bring those skills to the national and global stage on our behalf. We could not be more proud to have them represent Special Olympics New York.”

Special Olympics Youth Ambassadors are elected to two-year terms, during which they “make the nation a more inclusive place for all.” According to the program’s mission statement, “Through training, engagement, and activation at the national level, U.S. Youth Ambassadors are strong leaders of the Inclusion Revolution.”

In a Special Olympics Unified Champion School, students with and without intellectual disabilities play on the same interscholastic sports team, primarily basketball and bowling. These same students also serve as youth leaders who engage the entire school community in activities that encourage and promote inclusion among their peers.

Ella and Courtney will continue to update fans and followers about their journey as Global Ambassadors via Instagram.

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About Special Olympics New York

Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 67,000 athletes across New York with year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health screenings. The organization also partners with more than 220 schools statewide to offer Unified Sports. All Special Olympics New York programs are offered at no cost to athletes, their families or caregivers. For additional information about Special Olympics New York, to learn more about getting involved, or to make a donation, visit www.specialolympicsNY.org.

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