Twelve Special Olympics athletes from around the world participating in 13 February's NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Basketball Game in Toronto, Canada as part of the NBA All-Star Weekend.
Amongst them were our European representatives: Sarah Byrne, Special Olympics Ireland; Maria-Lamprini Dragkola, Special Olympics Hellas; and Vieira Milton, Special Olympics Italia. The athletes teamed up with NBA legends and WNBA players and legends in a Unified Sports game (where athletes with and without intellectual disability play on the same team) for a 40 minute demonstration game at Toronto’s Enercare Centre at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 13.
The teams split up into 'East' and West' with the East Team closing out the game with a final score of 49-46. “The NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified® Basketball Game has become a highlight of our NBA Cares All-Star efforts,” said NBA Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility Todd Jacobson.
“We value the passion Special Olympics shares for
basketball and inclusion and are looking forward to bringing together some of
the best athletes from across the globe for this terrific game.”