Photos: NBA Cares/Special Olympics Basketball Game

by February 27, 2012


NBA All-Star weekend is one of the biggest events in all of sports, filled with celebrities and fans galore. It’s a celebration of basketball. This year, it also included a celebration that was bigger than basketball.

Yesterday, at NBA Jam Session Center Court in Orlando, the NBA recognized that what we have in common is bigger than what divides us. For the first time ever, NBA Cares presented the Special Olympics Unity Sports basketball game that put athletes with and without intellectual disabilities on the court together as teammates. The team’s were coached by rookies Kemba Walker and Derrick Williams, and NBA legends and WNBA pros played alongside Special Olympics athletes to demonstrate the unifying power of sports. Roll through the gallery above for a quick look, and check out the extended recap for more coverage.