Calif. League Unites Students With, Without Disabilities

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Half a dozen arms reached for the sky, some gently grazing a basketball as it escaped the court and thudded out of bounds at the Edward Roybal Learning Center. Despite their best efforts at trying to keep the ball in the game, both teams showed no hint of defeat, even after one was declared the winner.

The Los Angeles Unified School District/Special Olympics Unified Basketball League's Eastern finals were underway, and the mood was decidedly different from that of other sports finals. Teammates, cheerleaders and spectators rooted for their players on the court — no matter the score, the turnover or the mistake.

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