- Santa Clara Unified School District
Post Secondary Student Receives 49ers Unity Youth Sports Leadership Award
Kenny Blow is a student in our Post Secondary program who embodies one of our core values at Santa Clara Unified — students first. In his efforts to help others, he not only achieves a high level of performance but also fulfills a commitment to excellence in his willingness to adapt, change, and improve. This selfless mentality is exactly why Blow is deserving of his 2020 49ers Unity Youth Sports Leadership Award.
Blow (pictured left in the photo below) won the $10,000 grant for being a positive role model in the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI) Rollers program by showing his fellow peers how to play the games, join in, and actively providing encouragement by cheering others on. Blow teaches others that despite disability and body type, everyone can stay active and participate. The money will be used to support the BAWSI Rollers program and help it continue to thrive. Check out this short video from the 49ers to learn more about Blow and other recipients of the award.
Blow’s mom shared that Kenny didn’t enjoy school until he attended Post Secondary and that when he started volunteering with the BAWSI Rollers program during the 2017-2018 school year, it was a turning point for him.
Over the course of the year, Blow’s reluctance to participate steadily subsided and he became more and more involved. Blow began to interact regularly with the students and coaches and by the 2019-2020 school year, he never missed a day and was fully committed to volunteering at three different school sites.
The Santa Clara Unified Post Secondary program provides adult students with disabilities an opportunity to learn the many aspects of employment. The practical, hands-on skills students learn can lead to employment at a company they are placed at for work experience or in another position.
The BAWSI Rollers is an adaptive fitness and confidence-building program that offers fun and accessible physical activities to children with physical, hearing, and cognitive disabilities. Through a fun and active curriculum that includes games like basketball and soccer, the BAWSI program helps participants develop hand-eye coordination, strength, confidence, and a sense of independence.