Unified Basketball Team is a Slam Dunk for Baldwinsville Schools


The Baldwinsville Central School District has teamed up with the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) and Special Olympics to offer its students an inclusive sports program, Unified Sports. The program brings together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities as teammates to train and compete in a sport. Baldwinsville is offering a Unified Basketball Program. This spring the Baldwinsville team will compete against other districts in the area that are offering the same program.
 
The main goal of the program is to break down stereotypes while giving players an opportunity to contribute to the team’s success through their unique skills as they take on leadership roles on and off the court.
 
The inclusive basketball games will follow the usual format of a high school basketball game, complete with score clock, officials, fans in the bleachers, the district pep band, and a district student performing the National Anthem at the start of every game. The games will be open to the public. Team competition begins on April 27 with a mixed scrimmage at West Genesee with all area schools that have a unified team participating.
 
You can read the schedule of games for Baldwinsville at this link: http://195377.digitalsports.com/pages/schedule/schedule.php?showCurrent=y

In February, the district formed a Youth Activation Committee (YAC) at Baker High School to get the ball rolling on the district’s unified basketball program. Twelve students were selected for the committee and have been instrumental in getting the program running and in generating support and enthusiasm from the student body.
 
The committee’s first activity was to hold “Spread the Word to End the Word” at the high school on March 1. That day students and staff were encouraged to pledge their support to eliminate the demeaning use of the R-word and to wear blue that day to show their support.
 
You can follow the team on Twitter at @BvilleUnified.
 
Last updated on 4/10/2017