By Sean Minnihan
Pilar Roncoroni got her start with Unified Sports because her mother, but it wouldn’t take long for her to recognize that she had fully embraced her role in playing soccer with her fellow Special Olympics athletes.
Unified Sports, for Pilar, started as a school program to participate in, and now she is proud of how it has become an integral part of her high school experience. Pilar’s experience with Unified Sports comes second to her Special Olympics teammates.
“It’s really cool to help them with it,” she said.
Among her proudest moments, Pilar specifically mentions attending Southwest High School for “the programs they offer.”
Outside of playing soccer on her Unified team, Pilar excels in school with a rigorous course load that involves AP World History, AP Spanish Language, and Honors Chemistry. By taking a few AP classes, Pilar looks to attend college and enlist in an ROTC program as she pursues a career in medicine to become a doctor.
As one of five Unified Partners on the Southwest High School soccer team, the excitement is certainly building for the team’s trip to Seattle to compete at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in July.
“I’m excited to stay at a college (University of Washington) that I have yet to go to, and to hang out with new people from around the country,” Pilar said.
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