MILLBURN, NJ - Millburn High Schools Play Unified Basketball Team, a squad composed of general and special needs students, will be competing for the Shriver Cup at the Unified State Tournament in Princeton on Sunday, April 2. The goal of the Special Olympics Play Unified teams is to encourage inclusion while having fun, and building relationships through sports. Good luck to the team, and to coaches Roger Askins, Eric Cantagallo, and Howard Shirley.
Play Unified promotes social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. The teams are made up of people of similar age and ability, which makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all. Young people with disabilities don't often get a chance to play on their school sports teams, but more and more U.S. states are adopting the unified sports approach that Special Olympics pioneered.
The Special Olympics has spent the last 20 years offering sports teams that blend people with and without intellectual disabilities, and this is a model that encourages sports and fun, and which also gets people together to learn more about each other.