Fifth Annual NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Basketball Game at NBA All-Star 2016
On February 13, eleven Special Olympics athletes joined NBA and WNBA legends to participate in the fifth NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Basketball Game, at the Enercare Center in Toronto, Canada, and show the unifying power of sports.
The Unified Sports game, which joins persons with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team, started with an introduction of Special Olympics athletes to the court and the first move from the NBA 2015 Champion, Stephen Curry and his father, the NBA legend, Dell Curry.
Most of the Special Olympics athletes that participated in the game competed on the Special Olympics World Games 2015 in Los Angeles, California. After the first move, Stephen Curry acted as an honorary trainer along Steve Nash, Yao Ming, Andre Drummond, and Karl Anthony Towns. After the game, all the participants received a medal and got a family photo at the central court.
The game was a Unified Sports experience that offered the participants and the audience an opportunity to witness inclusion: athletes with and without intellectual disabilities playing in the same team. Over a million participants are part of Unified Sports and are breaking stereotypes about persons with intellectual disabilities.
Marketing and Development Coordinator, Special Olympics Latin America
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