Monday, February 6, 2023

CVC teams up with Empower Sports on Inclusive Sports Day

The Chagrin Valley Conference has teamed up with Empower Sports to provide an inclusive sports day at West Geauga High School on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022.

Student-athletes from Beachwood, Kirtland, Orange, and West Geauga will be paired up with Empower Sports athletes to play soccer, baseball/softball, and football, and participants also will compete in relay races.

“I think it’s really important for us to be able to offer something like this for the students in the CVC with disabilities, and also to have our student-athletes be a part of it to volunteer and help to make sports inclusive for everyone,” said CVC assistant commissioner Rakayla Iwais.

CVC officials assigner Sandy Siegler worked with Iwais to plan the program, which will be held at West Geauga from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Empower Sports is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to providing sports and exercise programs for children and adults with various physical and cognitive disabilities and additional programs for typically-developing kids.


The Chagrin Valley Conference is a collection of 22, and soon to be 25, Ohio High School Athletic Association schools spanning five counties in Northeast Ohio. In addition to providing oversight for the league’s athletic competitions, the CVC also provides schools with leadership training, mental health summits, and recognition ceremonies, and continues to grow its offerings, both academically and athletically.




Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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