CLARK, NJ - The Arthur L. Johnson High School Unified Sports Basketball team defeated the Lions of North Hunterdon by a score of 66-60 recently.

The exciting game featured highlights from both teams.  For the Crusaders, Pawel “Thunderstruck” Baniukiewicz scored 22 points with 2 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds. Dom “Battleship” Vito scored 20 points with 1 assist and 6 rebounds.  Taher “Superman” Lokhandwala scored 12 points and 3 rebounds while Kevin “Torpedo” Dews scored 12 points and 1 assist. 

Unified Sports is sponsored by Special Olympics.  According to the Special Olympics, the organization “aims to build a society of acceptance and inclusion for people with disabilities and, by extension, for everyone. We know that sports training and competition can help achieve that goal.”

“This is one of the most exciting programs I have been a part of.  I am very thankful to the coaches, Ms. DiIorio and Mrs. Rosenmeier,  the ALJ PTA for their generous donation, Mr. Kalikas for his support, and to all of the students who have shown such amazing teamwork and sportsmanship.  I could not be more proud to be a part of this high school program,” said Doreen Babis, Director of Student Support Services.