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4-19-18 Unified Basketball

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First scrimmages of the season Video: 4-19-18 Unified Basketball
First scrimmages of the season Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:29:44 +0000 4-19-18 Unified Basketball First scrimmages of the season WKTV than in the new unified basketball here in central new york. in a story we first brought you on monday - today the teams saw their first game action. nats: "let's go" it may read zeroes on the scoreboard - but that means it was one heck of a day at whitesboro high school. no cg: "it's really cool, it's just a blessing to be able to play." it was the first scrimmage for five local schools - in a sport intended to allow students with mental or physical disabilities the chance to experience playing a varsity sport. c-v-a - v-v-s - oneida - whitesboro and new hartford all converged for an afternoon of competition - but even more importantly...inclusion. todd nelson: "it really improves school climate, and school culture. nowadays when you talk bullying and acceptance, this really allows these students to feel accepted. they follow the same rules and regulations that the football team and basketball team follows, and soccer teams. they get to put on the same type of uniforms and feel that school's pride..." there are a variety of reasons why a student may not have been able to play a varisty sport - but unified basketball says all who want to play...can. nicholas paolozzi: "i played varisty in my junior year and it's just cool to be back on the court, back wearing whitesboro across my chest. it's fun to play with these kids. it's great, it's fun seeing these kids go out there smiling and having a good time and just play basketball you know?" partnering with special olympics new york - the new york state public high school athletic association was able to form this five years ago - starting with 12 schools in the albany they have 140 schools around the state including the five here in the mohawk valley. todd nelson: "it's amazing, some of these kids have never been in an athletic setting like this, and they're doing such an outstanding job and the smiles on their faces and they're like, wow, i can actually do this." donna deuel: "when we brought that to the parents and the students, they were so, so excited. they've gone home, they bought new sneakers for basketball, new outfits, excited to come to school, they got their water bottles, they're upset if they don't have their water. so it's being on a team they'd never have had a chance to be on, part of the school." and it isn't just about the on-court competition but also - the friendships made through teamwork. matthew servello: "it's awesome because you get to build relationships with people you'd probably never be friends with. so it builds a bridge, you know, it's cool." the varsity basketball season is now over for high schools locally - and now - it's the unified players that are in the spotlight. donna deuel: "it's really been a joy to see them in school with their jerseys on, and everyone high-fiving them saying we're going to come to your game so it's been a great experience and we're really proud to be able to host it." the comets are gearing

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