Even a pandemic couldn’t hamper Unified basketball’s growing popularity

While the high school basketball tournament moves into high gear this weekend, the Unified basketball season is now in regular-season form.

Unified basketball matches players with intellectual disabilities (Unified athletes) with non-varsity players (Unified partners), and uses rule modifications to define player roles and prevent the Unified partners from dominating the game.

“If you talk to many ADs it’s the best thing we do,” Maine Principals’ Association assistant executive director Mike Bisson said. “It is exciting to have this back and see the smiles and joy around Unified basketball. I don’t care who you are, when you leave the gym after a Unified basketball game you’re usually feeling pretty good about life.”

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