With the MIAA/Special Olympics Massachusetts Unified Track and Field season cut short, Hingham High graduate now looks ahead to Connecticut College for inspiration
By Hingham Current Staff, May 4, 2020
Cam Tedeschi at the Hingham High School Track, 2019. Courtesy of Mark Tedeschi
Hingham High School’s Cam Tedeschi has found success on the soccer field, the tennis court and the ice, but he finds a different sort of inspiration on the track.
Tedeschi, who is a senior at Hingham High School, is a member of the Hingham High School Unified Track and Field team. Through the program, "students with and without intellectual disabilities come together as student leaders, athletes and agents for inclusion within their school community," according to MIAA/Special Olympics Massachusetts.
“Unified track is a little bit different than the traditional spring sport," said Tedeschi. "It is more about building strong relationships with our special needs athletes and making everything more about fun as opposed to winning.” A primary goal of the team is to equalize the ability level of Special Olympics athletes with their partners and to promote inclusion through team practice and competition.
“Everybody involved in unified track would agree that each practice or meet is incredibly inspiring," Tedeschi added, "and every day is both enjoyable and rewarding for everyone.”
Under ordinary circumstances, Tedeschi would be walking with his graduating class soon. Instead, he is looking forward to the fall when he will set off to Connecticut College to follow his dreams, and perhaps stop along the way to enjoy life’s little pleasures. Tedeschi is considering studying biology or economics at school.
As school and town leaders work on drafting a plan to give the Hingham High School Class of 2020 a proper send-off, Tedeschi has a message to share “If there is one word to describe our class, I would say resilience," he said. "The challenging times are bringing everybody together, just in a different way, maybe with a little more resolve and everyone is still trying to stay hopeful. It’s only making us stronger.”