Name of Event: Duke vs. UNC Special Olympics Unified Sports Basketball Game
Date/Time: Saturday, March 5, 2016
Location: Brodie Gym- East Campus, 20 Brodie Gym Dr.,
Duke University, Durham 27708
Special Olympics North Carolina athletes from Durham and Orange counties will join together on the same team with students from the Special Olympics College programs at Duke University and the University of North Carolina to compete in the third UNC vs. Duke Special Olympics Unified Sports Basketball Game on Saturday, March 5 at 9 a.m. at Brodie Gym- Duke East Campus.
Special Olympics Unified Sports® joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team to promote social inclusion through shared sports experiences. Unified teams are made up of people of similar age and ability. ESPN is the global presenting sponsor of Special Olympics Unified Sports®.
The students from UNC and Duke are members of the Special Olympics College program at their respective universities. SO College connects college students and individuals with intellectual disabilities through sport to build friendships and help lead the social justice movement of Special Olympics.
The UNC Special Olympics Unified team roster consists of the following UNC students (Unified Partners) and Special Olympics Orange County athletes: Connor Fitzpatrick (Partner), Austin Hampton (Partner), George Smith (Partner), Joseph Lopez (Partner), Jonah Keyserling (Partner), Danny Brennan (Partner), Clyde Gattis, Kwame Alston, Travis Hatley, Man Jackson, Tony Prevatte, Kevin Thomas. The team is coached by Special Olympics Orange County head coach Jonathan Wilson and SO College leader Alyssa Taflinger.
The Duke Special Olympics Unified team roster consists of the following Duke students (Unified Partners) and Special Olympics Durham County athletes: Jed Stone (Partner), Kelly Vittetoe (Partner), GuptaVeerain (Partner), Benji Satloff (Partner), Jordan Richardson (Partner), Peter Cangialosi (Partner), Khalif Ruebin, Grant Stiff, Walter Hampton, Jonathan Small, Randy Reid and Alex Roper. The team is coached by Special Olympics Durham County head coach Eugene Mosley Jr. and Brittany Klein is the SO College leader.
Long-time Special Olympics supporter and radio voice of the Duke Blue Devils, Bob Harris, will serve as the emcee for the game.
ESPN is in the midst of a multi-year global collaboration with Special Olympics to leverage the power of sports and promote an environment of social inclusion through the Special Olympics Unified Sports program. With a multi-million dollar financial and in-kind investment, ESPN is supporting Special Olympics’ goal of registering one million Unified Sports® participants including athletes with intellectual disabilities, teammates without intellectual disabilities and coaches.
The game is free and open to the public.
About Special Olympics North Carolina
Special Olympics North Carolina offers year-round sports training and competition for nearly 40,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These athletes inspire greatness through their success and provide motivation to the thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide. SONC offers Olympic-type competition in 19 sports on local and state levels. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at www.specialolympicsnc.com. Engage with us on http://twitter.com/sonc_beafan; http://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsNC and http://www.youtube.com/BeAFanSONC.