Spencerport Central Schools

Students shine in MCPSAC Unified Sports Basketball program

“Being part of a team and working together. Learning how to be good sports. Always trying your hardest.” These are among the reflections shared by players with disabilities who are participating on the Spencerport Rangers Unified Sports basketball team. 

Our Spencerport team is part of a new initiative sponsored by the Monroe County Public School Athletic Conference’s (MCPSAC) Unified Sports® program and Special Olympics, which combines approximately equal numbers of students with disabilities (athletes) and general education students (partners) on the same sports team for training and competition.

Numerous school districts across the county are participating in this opportunity, which has proven to be a wonderful experience for both the players and their general education partners.

Brandon Skillman, a Spencerport High School junior and Unified partner, said, “I am participating in a good cause and giving opportunities to individuals that they may not have without this program. I really enjoy being part of this, and I’m having a lot of fun getting to know the students with intellectual disabilities better. I am actually really impressed with the competition level.

“We always high-five each other after every basket,” Brandon added.  “It doesn't matter where you are on the court you make an effort to get to the person that scored and acknowledge their basket.  We are competitive, and we don't quit.”

Our Spencerport team is also supported by our high school Youth Activation Committee (YAC) and P.R.I.D.E Club.

Spencerport coach, Michael Bray shared, “This program is important because it gives all students the opportunity to participate in competitive sports. The lessons and friendships that our athletes have made are invaluable. Sports have that impact on everyone, and now students with and without disabilities also have this wonderful experience.”

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