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Granite Falls Unified Sports Seeks Support Staff

May 2, 2014 by

by Trisha Broughton, Mountain Loop exPress Staff

logo_gfus(GRANITE FALLS) – G.F.U.S. is currently looking for coaches, chaperones and community members willing to help our program for the 2014/2015 season (September-May).

“This program is so awesome,” shares Larry Lawliss, Project Unify/HERO CLUB Advisor for G.F.U.S and a Para-Educator for the Granite Falls School District. “We’re going to change lives and boost confidence in our youth!”

His commitment and enthusiasm are contagious. Being part of something bigger and greater than yourself — it’s my passion that kids (all kids), have every and all means to succeed,” says Lawliss

gfus1There are over 100 high schools across Washington State participating in Unified Sports this year alone. Unified Sports is about competition and unity. It’s about leveling the playing field — everyone gets the opportunity to play organized sports. There are no skill requirements, no tryouts and most of all, there are state, national, and world game possibilities. G.F.U.S has backing from Special Olympics, WA and local business owners.

gjus2Anyone with an intellectual disability is considered the Athlete, everyone else is considered the Partner. “It’s about inclusion and competition. The kids love being treated like everyone else,” says Lawliss.

Explaining how it works, Lawliss provided more information, saying, “All players/coaches/chaperones that travel and need overnight housing/hotel/lodging and food for that event (on site ),  S.O.WA. will pay for all expenses. If you like to have fun, travel the area and help teach kids about sports, come join us; if you need to cheer and shout, come be a fan in the stands.”

On Saturday, May 3, the community is invited to attend the G.F.U.S First Annual Pilchuck Cup, Unified Soccer Game and Youth Activity Event. For additional information, please contact Larry Lawlis, or


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