Lizzie Layer made a big impact on the students around her while at Roncalli, now she is ready to make that impact as a mentor. Layer is 2016 alumna of Roncalli’s Life Academy and will be returning to the school’s unified track and field team as a paid coach.
The 2020 unified track season is cancelled with the COVID-19 pandemic but you can bet Layer is ready for 2021.
Layer played a role in forming the unified track team while she was a student in 2014.
“There was a lot of history with it,” Layer said. “We ran a lot. Ran the 400. Loved the classmates a lot. Everyone cheered me on.”
She also played on the swim team for the Rebels and was a manager for the Roncalli softball team.
“I was the number one fan everywhere I went,” Layer said on Roncalli sports.
Once the season hopefully starts, she will be assisting younger athletes with disabilities. Many of whom she will make quick friends with.
“I love it,” Layer said. “It’s new friends. I see my old teachers back at Roncalli. Wow, I’m back here at Roncalli.”
Layer will be an assistant coach with two other coaches who are educators at Roncalli. Her mother, Toni, is proud of the work her daughter has done not letting disabilities slow her down.
“Sports have been a huge part of her life,” Toni said. “Just being able to participate with her peers at the high school was amazing and a great experience for her. Having the opportunity to experience high school in every aspect. She was able to do service hours; she was able to be an athlete. She was a part of the high school experience just as everyone else was and I feel extremely blessed for that.”
Toni knows that whenever the track season starts, her daughter will play a positive role with the program.
“She was overjoyed,” Toni said on Lizzie coaching. “Just to be back on campus. It’s almost a reunion being back there and being a part of the program and being a part of the high school in a special way. She loves to lead and she’s very enthusiastic and a positive spirit.”
In addition to Roncalli, Layer has built experience through the INSPIRE program at Franklin College and working at the Hope Gallery in Bargersville. She has also found employment as a preschool assistant at St. Mark, Making Memories Daycare and at the Dairy Queen in Southport.
She was also involved in the school’s ski club that went to Perfect North Slopes. Layer was also named Prom Queen her junior year.
“When I was announced prom queen I did not know what the heck happened,” Layer said. “So they said, ‘Liz Layer prom queen’ I was like oh my God it’s me. I was surprised.”