Unified Night Lights

  • The Kirkwood School District (KSD) is hosting the sixth annual unified flag football event. The event, “Unified Night Lights,” recreates the excitement of a traditional football game night – an iconic event in American culture. On Wednesday, September 21 at Kirkwood High School (KHS), hundreds of students will come together in a unified flag football event. In a unified game, people with and without disabilities play together – side-by-side – shoulder-to-shoulder. The philosophy behind the event is that sports help provide a path to friendships and understanding and help break down barriers. The inaugural event was held in September 2016 and some 200+ students participated in the event.


    WHEN:           Wednesday, September 21
    6 p.m. Gates and Concessions open to the public

    WHERE:        E.L. Lyons Memorial Stadium
    Kirkwood High School
    801 West Essex

    The KHS Varsity football players, along with cheerleaders, dance team members, musicians from the band and students with and without disabilities are partnering for this event. Students will storm the field, cheer from the track, and play instruments from the pep band section in the bleachers.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    The first 200 fans in attendance will receive a Pioneer Bakery cookie and a chance to win attendance gift card courtesy of Pioneer Bakery Cafe!



    Non-perishable food items for KirkCare will be collected to help stock the pantry for the fall and winter months. KirkCare supports families in the KSD with food and utility support. At least one out of six KSD students suffers from food insecurity.

    The evening “game plan” is:

    • 4:45-5:05 p.m.    Participants and families report to KHS cafeteria for check-in
    • 5:10 p.m.            Pre-game meal of pizza and drink in KHS cafeteria
    • 6:10 p.m.            Leave cafeteria and head to KHS stadium
    • 6:15 p.m.            Introduction of players and KHS Pioneer buddy
    • 6:30 p.m.            Game #1 – 15-minute continuous clock
    • 6:45 p.m.            Band-Alma Mater; Cheer/Poms Perform
    • 6:50  p.m.           Game #2  15-minute continuous clock
    • 7:10 p.m.            Varsity Valor
    • 7:15 p.m.            Everyone Meets at the K for Group Photo

    Number and length of games may change according to the number of players in each age group.

    Parking is available on both the Dougherty Ferry and Essex lots. Accessible parking is available on Chopin.

    THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR EVENT SPONSORS: Kirkwood School District Foundation, Kirkwood Pioneer Boosters, Inc., Pioneer Parents' Organization, Pioneer Bakery Cafe, Mike Duffy's, Spirit of Discovery Park, and Tiny Super Heroes.