It was a packed house on Feb. 16 as Deerfield High hosted Highland Park in a closely contested game. It came down to the wire with the home team walking away with a 46-44 win. The atmosphere was electric throughout and both teams gave it their all.
This game was also way more than your typical Illinois high school basketball event. In fact, there were no losing players in this game — just outstanding athletes pushing themselves to new heights.
Every person who competed was a member of the Warrior Buddies Club, which focuses on helping students with special needs build relationships. Each athlete had an on-court buddy, who helped give the player any assistance he or she may need during the game.
The adaptive game featured three hula hoops hanging underneath the backboard. The bottom hoop allowed for players in wheelchairs to score points that would be worth the same as a fellow athlete making a shot on a regulation hoop.
The game itself was exciting and the level of sportsmanship and teamwork was second to none. It was a great way for the players to make new friends and show off their skills in front of the crowd.