Students with special needs rock the basketball court at Elizabeth Middle School

The Second Annual Unified Basketball Game on Feb. 22 at Elizabeth Middle School featured 12 students with unique physical and intellectual disabilities who hit the court after months of practice.
They were accompanied by player mentors, most from Elizabeth High School. The EHS Poms and the EMS band were the entertainment for the game and halftime.
After the game, all players on the Unified Team were presented with medals and certificates of participation by Kyra Doud, the Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo queen.
Countless audience members engaged in the “one-dollar-pop-shot” game during halftime. Players paid $1 to attempt a free throw. If successful, they won a soda “pop.” Some others paid $5 to attempt a half-court shot. All proceeds from the halftime games went to the Unified Basketball Program.
“We are very excited that this is our second year for the Unified Basketball game here at Elizabeth Middle School,” said Melanie Barrett, teacher in the EMS Significant Support Needs program. “We are inspired by these students training together and playing together, leading them to a path of friendship and understanding.”

Unified Team Roster

#1 — Austin Reynolds
#2 — Kelvin Kaufman
#4 — Crew Diede
#6 — Aaron Webster
#8 — Cole Martens
#9 — Damian Malsam
#10 — Jon Iwin
#11 — Skiler Brewer
#12 — Corin Kaumeyer
#13 — Zac Celeste
#16 — Aidan Skidmore
#21 — David Savage
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