Special Olympics Florida

LaNiyah Lee

Unified Partner, Leon County

I’m senior at Rickards High School, and I’m involved in a little bit of everything. I’m in the Key Club and National Honor Society. I play flag football and varsity girls basketball. I’m a finalist for the Best & Brightest Athletics Award. And I’ve helped raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network through Dance Marathon. 

But my favorite is being part of the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools.

It combines my passion for people with special needs and sports. With Special Olympics, it’s basketball, bowling, tennis and track – basically everything.

For the last three years, I’ve helped create plays and set up defenses for the basketball team. This year, the team made it to the state championship and placed third. The game before the state championships, the team played Chiles High School. I was recovering from a torn ACL but was on the court. The whole game, the team was losing, but they came back and won by a single point. 

The whole time, I was like, ‘I have to get the ball, I have to do this, I have to do something. It’s probably my favorite memory.