February 22, 2012
NBA Assists Special Olympics
Former NBA athletes will play with Special Olympics athletes in a basketball game. This will be the first time the NBA athletes have chosen to participate in such an event. Members of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) will also be included.
Former NBA stars playing in the game will include Clyde Drexler, Chris Mullen, and Sam Perkins. They will be on a team with twelve Special Olympic athletes. The NBA All-Star Game highlights the league’s best players in a matchup played yearly.
Players for the NBA and Special Olympics game will be split into two teams. One half will be a part of the West team and the other half will be on the East team. The idea for the game is part of the Special Olympics unified sports program which highlights the importance of having athletes with mental challenges participate in sports.
Other NBA stars attending the event will be Kevin Durant and Derrick Williams. This game will be held February 26 in Orlando, Florida. This is also the first time unified sports will be highlighted with the NBA’s All Star Game.