When Jimmy turned eight, he started with Special Olympics in soccer. He wanted to play basketball, too, but there was not a local program. So his mother, Kathy, decided to start one. “If you build it, they will come. This is what I learned as I galvanized a group of parents, athletes and volunteers for basketball that first year.
“On the first night of practice, I thought it would just be Jimmy and a few friends who would come. As it turned out, despite a snowstorm, there was a traffic jam in town with so many people showing up."
Five years later the basketball program has more than 100 participants in Unified Teams -- consisting of Special Olympic athletes and Unified Partner peers who do not have an intellectual disability. Both Jimmy’s sisters participate - his twin sister, Julia, plays with the middle school team and their older sister, Sarah, plays with the high school-age team.