WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Students with special needs had the opportunity to play in a unified basketball game tonight at McCutcheon High School. The idea of tonight's game was to breakdown barriers and promote inclusion through the shared interest of sports.
The game was played right before the McCutcheon vs. Harrison Varsity tip-off. Students with special needs partnered with McCutcheon and Harrison athletes for their own basketball game. Tonight's crowd went wild as the students ran up and down the court, dribbled and hit a few shots.
The students and athletes also learned the importance of teamwork. For teams who are typically big rivals, it was neat to see them come together for such a heartwarming event. McCutcheon Athletic Director Ryan Walden says this is a great way to bring the community together through sports.
"It's the best thing we do it is what high school sports should be about, whether we're talking soccer, football, baseball, softball, anything, its the purity and the magic of competition and how it should be."
Tonight's Unified Basketball Game is part of a bigger state-wide organization called Champions Together. It hosts a state tournament each year for students to participate in.