Shrewsbury athletes take the court for unified basketball

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Photo by/Jesse Kucewicz
A player gives a thumbs-up during a scrimmage April 16.

By Dakota Antelman, Managing Editor

SHREWSBURY – The Shrewsbury Unified Basketball program held a team scrimmage April 16 as the Fall II season neared its conclusion. 

This marked the third and final such scrimmage this spring, as players navigated an awkward season of abbreviated practices and scrimmages. 

Unified Basketball is an adaptive high school sports program run through the MIAA and Special Olympics Massachusetts. According to the Special Olympics, it pairs players with “intellectual disabilities” with other athletes without such disabilities. 

After quickly proliferating through the region in recent years, though, Unified Basketball programs at schools like Shrewsbury and Marlborough have had to change course during the pandemic. 

Some practices are shorter or more infrequent. Some players have not been able to participate, and opportunities for interscholastic play are few and far between. 

Regardless, coaches and athletic directors are happy.

“Anything to get the kids together is a win,” Marlborough Athletic Director Jeff Rudzinski told the Community Advocate earlier this spring.