By: Jazmin Moore
It’s basketball season and Special Olympics Unified Sports is once again under way! North High school has begun a Unified basketball team and the students are excited! (Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team.) Last week we were offered a unique opportunity to take our Unified team to the Pepsi Center to participate in a Unified Tournament hosted by the Denver Nuggets and Comfort Dental. (Let’s just say my players were beyond excited! The coaches, not so much, as we would be working a 16 hour workday but anything for the kids.)
My team won both of the games they played and even got to stay for a Nuggets game afterwards. We took the kids out to eat and they got to play in the arcade until the game started. The Nuggets even recognized each team during halftime of the game. After the game the students were exhausted and so were all of the coaches, including me! We all were so happy to have had the opportunity and experience! I even got a thank you from one of my students:
“Ms. Jaz, Thank you for everything today!”
– One of my ALL-STAR students!
This experience has opened my heart to students I would not otherwise have contact with and has made me closer to students I already knew. I don’t think the kids know how much their grit and integrity inspires me everyday and makes me work as I hard as I do for all my students.