Unified basketball: taking on the season


Taylor Hadden

Senior Bryce Barham dribbling the ball down the court during the game. Wilsonville was playing Westview.

The Unified Basketball program has kicked off here at Wilsonville High School! Wilsonville is fortunate enough to have an amazing team, full of amazing players, with lots of aspiring talent. 

This sport here at our high school is one of the sports that participate in the Special Olympics! It features an awesome group from the special needs program here at Wilsonville, along with other partners and friends!

Wilsonville’s unified team consists of all four grades: freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. They have weekly practices home games, and they also travel to other schools to compete. They compete with other teams in our area like those from West Linn, Oregon City, Parkrose, Forest Grove, and more. 

Wilsonville senior Sam Schecter was able to give some insight to their season, and his thoughts on it. “I really enjoy being on the team, I think that it’s a good way to interact and help kids with intellectual disabilities.” Schecter began helping out with the unified program in the eighth grade, and has continued to help and support the team throughout his entire high school career. Schecter added,  “I think it’s a good way to be able to connect with them, and builds its own community within the program with different people, who has different personalities!” 

With the season continuing in full swing, and is coming close to an end, with approximately 3 scheduled games left, and a few more possible games on their schedule; the team is gearing up for their end of season tournament. Wilsonville High School will be hosting this annual tournament, and will have multiple schools in attendance. This tournament is a fun way to end the season with a bang. We want to wish our Unified Basketball program luck with the remainder of their season, and show our full support!