The season is underway with the first home game of the Unified Basketball team at 4:30 p.m., May 2.
Here is the schedule:
Thursday 5/2 @ UE vs Dryden @ 4:30
Tuesday 5/7 @ UE vs Corning @ 4:30
Thursday 5/9 @ Horseheads @ 5:00
Tuesday 5/14 @ UE vs Elmira @ 4:30
Thursday 5/16 @ Johnson City @ 4:30
Monday 5/20 @ UE vs Lansing @ 4:30
Wednesday 5/21 @ Ithaca @ 4:30
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association and Special Olympics of New York have joined together and are now offering Unified Sport to members of New York Public High School Students. U-E is very happy to be able to offer Unified Basketball to students in our district.
Ladies and gentlemen from the PALS program, alongside general education students, have come together to create a U-E Tigers Unified Basketball team. The general education students have been remarkable mentors and supporters of the PALS students. The team, coached by Marty Wyckoff and Andrea Folli, takes on teams from Horseheads, Johnson City, Owego-Apalachin, Corning-Painted Post, Ithaca, and Elmira and is run like any other U-E sports team; they practice, receive team uniforms and take school buses to away games.
All players on the team have worked hard to learn the rules and skills of basketball. Each game consists of two 16-minute halves and a skills competition during halftime.
Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. This unified team urges youth everywhere to play and ultimately live unified, breaking down the barriers that exclude people with intellectual disabilities.