Livingston Girls Basketball Hosts Clinic with Shining Stars Special Needs Program

LHS girls basketball players Bella Tamburri, Sarah Cullen, and Jamie Handwerker sit with Shining Stars Joshua Chen. Credits: Shining Stars
LHS girls basketball players Julia Traiger, Erin Kenney, Sarah Cullen and Jamie Handwerker run back to the other side while Shining Stars Summer Stout and Claire Allard wait on the side. Credits: Shining Stars

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston High School (LHS) varsity and junior girls basketball teams invited members of the Shining Stars Special Needs sports program to participate in its third annual basketball clinic last weekend, kicking of the Shining Stars’ six-week winter basketball program.

During the clinic, the two teams played games and provided skills while cheering on the Shining Stars basketball players. They gathered into small groups and interacted with the Shining Stars participants by showing them basketball skills such as dribbling, passing and shooting. 

The Shining Stars then played games such as follow the leader and limbo before watching the LHS teams play a "real" basketball game.

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Sir Lawrence the Lancer, the LHS mascot, made an appearance to meet the Shining Stars and DJ Barry Schwartz also donated time to play music during the event. The event concluded with a dance party, thanking the basketball players for their time.

Livingston Adaptive Recreation Coordinator Jennifer Quirk was impressed with how well the girls engaged with the Shining Stars members. 

"It’s been a great relationship working with the LHS girls basketball teams,” she said. “This is the third year we were able to put it all together and I hope it continues again next year.”

Quirk thanked all of the LHS parents involved as well as the coaches and girls for clearing their schedules on a weekend morning to spend time with the Shining Stars participants. 

“We really love being engaged in the community," said Quirk.  

The Shining Stars in an after-school program for individuals with special needs. For more information, contact Quirk at or call the Livingston Senior Youth and Leisure Services at 973-535-7925 ext 403.

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