On a picture-perfect evening Wednesday, Sept. 29, over 200 Kirkwood School District students stormed the field to participate in the fifth annual Unified Night Lights event at Kirkwood High School in the E.L. Lyons Memorial Stadium.

The yearly event recreates the excitement of a traditional football game, as hundreds of students come together in a unified flag football event. Students with and without disabilities played together, side-by-side and shoulder-to-shoulder.

The Kirkwood High School Varsity football team, cheerleaders, dance team members, and the school band

partnered for this event. Students cheered from the track, played instruments from the pep band section in the bleachers, and ran numerous touchdowns on the field, proving that sports provide a path to friendships and understanding and help break down barriers.

Prior to the event, participants enjoyed a pre-game meal courtesy of Mike Duffy’s and the Kirkwood School District Foundation. Pioneer Bakery sponsored attendance prizes including t-shirts and cookies.

Photos courtesy of the Kirkwood School District.