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Pack the Gym
Pack the Gym
Posted on 02/11/2019

The Puyallup School District is a big supporter of Unified Sports. Unified Sports is an all-inclusive program that joins special needs athletes and peer-partners on teams for training and competition.

Pack the Gym is a basketball event that started in the district in 2011 by John Anderson, Puyallup High School unified basketball coach. Teams begin practicing in mid-December then, in January, play at different high schools. Teams typically consists of at least six special needs athletes and four peer-partners.

This event provides an opportunity for students, staff, parents, and community to support and cheer for students with special needs. They are the stars of the game. Students show an outstanding level of support at Pack the Gym nights. The high schools’ bands and cheerleaders come play and cheer in support of their peers. It is a night filled with the true spirit of peer support and camaraderie.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend a Pack the Gym event.


Emerald Ridge High School, February 20 at 6:30 (previously scheduled for February 25)

Puyallup High School, March 5 at 6 p.m.

Emerald Ridge High School, March 8 at 7 p.m.

Anne Martin