SCHOOLS

PHOTOS: Athletes compete in Unified Viking Games

Student athletes from around Salem competed Saturday, May 11, in the Unified Viking Games at North Salem High School.

The event was organized by leadership students and included a relay race, shot put, bean bag toss, long jump and tag.

Unified events offer students with and without disabilities a chance to compete together.

Alejandra Angel shares a joke with Chloe, a Unified Viking Games competitor at North Salem High School on Saturday, May 11, 2024. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)
Cadet Logan Parker, North Salem Junior ROTC, adjust his beret before the start of the Unified Viking Games at North Salem High School on Saturday, May 11, 2024. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)
Members of the Viking Choir sing the national anthem to kick off the Unified Viking Games at North Salem High School on Saturday, May 11, 2024. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)
An athlete gets ready to compete in the modified shot put field event at the Unified Viking Games at North Salem High School on Saturday, May 11, 2024. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)
Teammates cheer on an athlete in the modified shot put field event at the Unified Viking Games at North Salem High School on Saturday, May 11, 2024. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)
An athlete in the modified shot put field event at the Unified Viking Games at North Salem High School on Saturday, May 11, 2024. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)
Abraham Orozco shows his form in the modified shot put field event at the Unified Viking Games at North Salem High School on Saturday, May 11, 2024. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)
Competitors evade getting tagged in the halftime event at the Unified Viking Games at North Salem High School on Saturday, May 11, 2024. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)
Competitors evade getting tagged in the halftime event at the Unified Viking Games at North Salem High School on Saturday, May 11, 2024. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)
Channon MacBean and Abraham Orozco set a positive mood before the start of the Unified Viking Games at North Salem High School on Saturday, May 11, 2024. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)
The last two competitors left in the halftime tag event at the Unified Viking Games at North Salem High School on Saturday, May 11, 2024. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)
The stands were filled with friends and family supporting athletes at the Unified Viking Games at North Salem High School on Saturday, May 11, 2024. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)
The bean bag toss was a popular event with athletes at the Unified Viking Games at North Salem High School on Saturday, May 11, 2024. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)
Athletes peruse T-shirts at the Unified Viking Games at North Salem High School on Saturday, May 11, 2024. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)
Athletes view their performances on video at the Unified Viking Games at North Salem High School on Saturday, May 11, 2024. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

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Laura Tesler has lived in Salem, Oregon for 20 years and is originally from Flint, MI. Laura has been an underwater photographer for 15 years, and is an avid scuba diver. Topside, she has been taking photographs since age 12, and currently works on assignment for the Salem Reporter, and full time purchasing land for fish and wildlife habitat in the Willamette Valley. Laura attended Oregon State University, and has traveled extensively all over the world and the United States.