Nov. 2, 2016 (Dover, DE) – In addition to showcasing the top high school boys basketball teams and players in the country, Slam Dunk to the Beach this year will highlight the skills of Special Olympics athletes.
The Delaware Sports Commission (DSC) and Special Olympics Delaware (SODE) today announced a partnership to hold a Unified Basketball Game following the first session of play on Dec. 29. The game is one of the many new features of the fan experience at the third edition of the revamped Slam Dunk that all attendees are sure to enjoy.
Slam Dunk to the Beach is Dec. 27-29, 2016 at Cape Henlopen High School. Nationally-ranked teams, with some of America’s most highly-touted college recruits, will join a strong local field consisting of defending state champion Sanford School, as well as Smyrna High School, Mount Pleasant High School, and host Cape Henlopen. The list of national teams will be revealed at Grotto’s Pizza in Dover on Nov. 9 at 11:30am.
Fans can purchase three-day passes (discounted to $50 through Nov. 30) by visiting www.slamdunktothebeach.com.
At the Unified Basketball Game, athletes with and without intellectual disabilities will play side by side as teammates. Unified Sports emphasizes the important of teamwork through training and competition.
“Slam Dunk to the Beach is one of the premier basketball events in America, and we are excited to be able to give these Unified Sports athletes a national stage to show people their abilities alongside some of the best high school basketball teams and players in the country,” said Matthew Robinson, Chairman of the Delaware Sports Commission.
“Participating in Slam Dunk to the Beach provides an experience many of our athletes would never have had and will allow them to feel valued like all the other players there that weekend,” added Gary Cimaglia, SODE Senior Director of Sports. “This opportunity will hopefully show the community that sports can be a catalyst for acceptance.”
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About Delaware Sports Commission:
The Delaware Sports Commission, a not-for-profit organization, was established to attract regional and national level sporting events to Delaware as an endeavor to positively impact Delaware’s economy. The DSC also assists with the retention and growth of existing sporting events. To date, the DSC has partnered with over 50 regional and national events, paving the way for future large-scale events to be held in Delaware
About Special Olympics Delaware:
Special Olympics Delaware has been changing the lives of Delawareans since 1971. Through sports training and competition in 20 sports, more than 4,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities have proven that, given the chance, no disability is too great to overcome. The mission of Special Olympics Delaware is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for more than 4,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.