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Special Olympians share in college hoops spirit

Posted March 8

— Special Olympics North Carolina athletes from Orange and Durham counties played Saturday with college students from the University of North Carolina and Duke University in the first-ever UNC vs. Duke Special Olympics Unified Sports Basketball Game.

The teams featured players of similar age and ability, some with and some without intellectual disabilities. The goal of Special Olympics Unified Sports is to promote social inclusion through shared sports experiences. 

UNC Special Olympics Unified team

Connor Fitzpatrick (Partner), Ryan Team ( Partner), Casey Brecher (Partner), Trey Bryant (Partner), Jack Eiselt (Partner)ΒΈ Allie Jorgensen (Partner), Clyde Gattis, Kwame Alston, Travis Hatley, Shalonda Farrington, Adrian Empson, Antonio Prevatte, Jamie Hester, Kenneth Poteat, Richard Vaughan, Kevin Thomas. The team is coached by Special Olympics Orange County head coach Jonathan Wilson and assistant coach and UNC student Kelsey Knight.

Duke Special Olympics Unified team

Tapiwa Sondayi (Partner), Loren Roth (Partner), Candice Dunn (Partner), Peter Cangialosi (Partner), Logan Beyer (Partner), Shelby Horton (Partner), Lauren Hegedorn (Partner), Khalif Ruebin, Grant Stiff, Carlos Ward, Jonathan Small, Donnell Osborne, Terrance Askins, Alex Roper, Randolph Reid. The team is coached by Special Olympics Durham County head coach Eugene Mosley Jr. and assistant coach and Duke Student Kelly Bies.

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