Getting to know your team, running drills to improve your fundamentals, scrimmaging against your teammates, practicing every week, and finally showing off these skills in an official game. This process is quite familiar to any member of a varsity sports team, and most recently to many special education students in Clark County.
Since January, students at Clark County middle and high schools – those receiving special education services and the general education students alike – have been playing basketball together through the Schools Partnership Program. They got to showcase their skills and hard work at a pair of unified basketball tournaments.
Mirroring the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association league affiliations, the schools were split into two competitions. Chaparral High School and Spring Valley High School played host to more than 500 athletes for a round-robin style unified basketball tournament.
Just like with unified soccer (click here to read all about that awesome competition!), there were basketball skills stations for those who do not play on teams.
Why Are Unified Sports Important?
It gives the students receiving special education services a typical sports and school experience. They get to compete just like their general education peers. They’re all playing on the same team and making lasting differences. It’s not the general education students doing community service or a favor for the special education students – it’s playing together as one unified team.
Thank you to Spring Valley and Chaparral for hosting and everyone for playing!