Uni­fied bas­ket­ball a hit at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - PHO­TOS AND TEXT BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER/TC ME­DIA

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.

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