Unified basketball a hit at Carbonear Collegiate
The gymnasium at Carbonear Collegiate last Friday was a mixture of sport and celebration as dozens of Special Olympic ath- letes got their competitive juices going with basketball.
Teams from Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts, Crescent Collegiate in Bay Roberts and Carbonear Collegiate all came together for an event called Uni- fied Basketball. It teamed Special Olympians with fellow student as groups competed for the chance to go to Ottawa.
There was both a competitive and non-competitive division, but that was the side story.
The cheering rarely stopped in the jam-packed gym. Teachers, students and parents all made sure their voices were heard as they cheered more for the fun the players were having than the actual score.
Even the athletes celebrated when the opposition scored a basket.
It was a true showcase of the inner meaning of sport.
The Compass was there and captured these images.
Handshakes between games were a joy for many.
Tyler Oliver lines up a shot during unified basketball action in Carbonear.
Ascension Collegiate’s Dawson Crane was all smiles after taking a shot during his team’s game.
Carbonear Collegiate’s Josh Mullins was one of the athletes who cheered just as loudly when his opponents scored as he did for his own team.
Unified basketball debuted at Carbonear Collegiate last week. It was a resounding success with plenty of energy resonating through the gymnasium. Here, coach David Kennedy (left) takes a seat alongside Special Olympian Ryan Crawford and helper Jack Lambert.