The Unified Basketball program is a growing sport at the high school level and some schools, including Honeoye Falls-Lima offered the sport at the Middle School/Junior High level. But, did you know that it was first introduced in this area thanks to elementary school programs.
Unified Basketball is a program run by Section V in tandem with Special Olympics, in which the teams consist of players with cognitive or physical or other challenges as well as players without those challenges. The competitive games are refereed by certified officials.
In 2013-2014, a year before Section V agreed to start varsity programs for high school age students, HF-L’s Manor School sent a team of youngsters to a tournament at Nazareth College with the guidance of its physical education teaching staff and the blessings and support of Manor School Principal Jeanine Lupisella and the rest of the school’s faculty and staff.
This past spring, Manor School sent a team of 10 students to an elementary school Unified Basketball Tournament on April 26 in Webster. The students were Charlie Bassett, Marcel Brazda Poirier, Jenna Fowler, Sophia Jacopille-Bornheimer, Aidan Kearney, Elizabeth Kessler, Peter Leone, Aiden McHugh, Matthew Stansbury and Teagan Wagner.
A great time was had by all the students in this worthwhile program.