Pep rally to kick off Unified Basketball season ~ April 12 at 6:30 p.m.

on April 9, 2018

The inaugural season of Monroe-Woodbury’s Unified Basketball program was a memorable one for students, coaches, families and fans and the second season promises to be just as fun!

Join the Monroe-Woodbury Crusader community as we celebrate our Unified Basketball team and recognize our high school Special Olympians at a pep rally in their honor on Thursday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the M-W High School main gymnasium. The event will include a team introduction, followed by an intra-squad scrimmage. In addition, M-W will present a donation to the Special Olympics New York. All are welcome!

Launched in the school district last year, the Unified Basketball program pairs special education athletes with playing partners. This program is one of the Project UNIFY offerings in the partnership between the New York State Public High School Athletic Association and Special Olympics New York. It is recognized as a Varsity sport at Monroe-Woodbury and nine other Section 9 schoolsStudent athletes will travel to nearby schools to compete against other unified teams.

“These student athletes work very hard and are committed to playing their best game possible,” said M-W Athletic Director Lori Hock. “It’s amazing to see the bond between the special education athletes and their playing partners grow stronger each day. This activity is about so much more than learning basketball skills; it’s about acceptance, understanding, friendship and compassion. Each team member is impacted in a positive way,” she added.

The M-W team is coached by M-W High School teacher Anthony Verboys. He is assisted by varsity player Melissa Alifano and M-W High School teacher Tricia Allen, who serves as advisor to Monroe-Woodbury’s Youth Activation Committee (YAC), a group of high school students who work to empower their peers to be inclusive of all people.

Let’s go, Crusaders!