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Fourteen Schools Participated in SCC Unified Basketball Tournament on January 27

Fourteen schools participated in the SCC Unified Sports Basketball Tournament on Monday, January 27 at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.  The event was a success and prompted media coverage from the New Haven Register/GameTimeCT.com and WTNH NEWS 8.

Amity, East Haven, Jonathan Law, Foran, Daniel Hand, West Haven, North Haven, Sheehan, Guilford, Cheshire, Wilbur Cross, Shelton, Hamden and Hillhouse will participate.  Teams played four 15-minute games and enjoyed pizza following the event.  Each player also received a SCC medal for their participation.

Special thanks to the IAABO Board 10 for donating its officials for the event and the University of New Haven women's basketball team, who served as honorary captains of each participating team.  

Click here for Mary Albl story on New Haven Register's GameTimeCT.com

Click here for SportzEdge/NEWS 8's John Pierson recap of the event

Basketball is one of three Unified Sports events the SCC hosts.  The league hosted a soccer tournament in the fall, and will host two bowling events in early February.

Unified Sports is a program that combines approximately equal numbers of individuals with (athletes) and without (partners) intellectual disabilities on the same sports teams for training and competition. All participants are of similar age and ability. Unified Sports is an important program because it expands sports opportunities for athletes and partners seeking new challenges. In addition, Unified Sports dramatically increases inclusion in the community by helping to break down barriers that have historically kept people apart. At the same time, Unified Sports provides a valuable sports opportunity to individuals who are not presently involved with Special Olympics or other sports programs.

Photos by Bill O'Brien