Ironwood plays Liberty in unified sports basketball game
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Ironwood plays Liberty in unified sports basketball game

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  • Erin Dunsey/Peoria Unified School District

A Unified Sports varsity basketball game that has been brewing for quite some time between Ironwood and Liberty High Schools is about to become a reality.

The two Peoria Unified high schools will take to the courts in a friendly competition in front of the Ironwood student body at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 at Ironwood High School at 6051 W. Sweetwater Avenue in Glendale.

Unified Sports includes regular and special education student athletes who work collaboratively on the same team. Teams are often organized based on age and ability of students. This game is being organized to promote athletics in a fun, friendly environment amongst peers from two different Peoria Unified campuses.

The game will include two fifteen minute halves with a running clock and a five minute half-time. The gym will be packed with students with Ironwood’s band playing, the cheerleaders cheering and a game announcer will give the highlights.

The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 36,000 students in 32 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school and was the first district in the state to receive the prestigious AdvancED Accreditation. With ongoing open enrollment and unique educational opportunities, the district boasts a 94 percent high school graduation rate.

Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high AIMS test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. For more information, visit the district’s website at