Students at Melland High School were specially selected to play basketball with the NBA this week, as part of the Special Olympic programme which supports children and adults with learning difficulties and disabilities.
Melland High School, a special educational needs school which is part of the Bright Futures Educational Trust, played in the ‘Unity Game’ which saw Special Olympic athletes play against Manchester special athletes who teamed up with NBA legends, Vlade Divac and Dikembe Mutombo, in a competitive game at the Phones4U arena.
Teams were coached by Oklahoma City Thunder and the Philadelphia 76ers who went head-to-head in the first ever pre-season game in Manchester – the NBA Global Games 2013 – on Tuesday 8th October.
The Unity Game was filmed and Melland High Schools students were interviewed for broadcast during the NBA game.
Sue Warner, Principal of Melland High School said: “We are delighted that our students have been selected to take part in such a prestigious sporting event. Our students have represented Manchester on many occasions including as volunteers at the Paralympic World Cup.
“Melland High School takes every opportunity to celebrate our student’s achievements and, as always, we are very proud of them.”
The Special Olympic programme brings the transformative power and joy of sports to children and adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. Athletes of all abilities and ages are encouraged to compete at their optimum level, develop total fitness and build confidence to succeed in sports and in life.