Ewing High School’s Unified Basketball Team Wins State Championship
Ewing High School Unified Basketball Team defeated Moorestown High School’s Unified Team 36-31 in a thrilling contest to win the NJSIAA State Championship.
The game was played at the Rutgers University Athletic Center as part of the Tournament of Champions hoops action in front of thousands of spectators.
Unified Sports are dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to inclusion and understanding.
About 1.4 million people worldwide take part in Unified Sports, breaking down stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities in a really fun way, as it empowers individuals with and without intellectual disabilities to engage through the power of sports.
The Ewing HS Unified Basketball Team qualified for the NJSIAA State Championship game by defeating Hamilton West, Burlington City, and Moorestown at the Moorestown Seeding Tournament on February 23rd and then by defeating Trenton and Union City during the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds at Hunterdon Central on March 2nd.
During the title game, Ewing led 15-12 at the half and built its lead to 29-17 in the opening stages of the fourth quarter. Twelve of Ewing's opening 18 points came from beyond the arc as the Blue Devils found a rhythm midway through the game, and Ewing sealed the championship with clutch free throw shooting in the final minutes of the game.
"We've been very blessed that Ewing Township Public Schools and the administration have really opened up opportunities for our kids," EHS Head Coach Katlin Doolan said. “They let us open the boundaries and build the programs to let our kids be active in different sports. Basketball is the strongest sport right now and this is awesome."
“At Ewing High School, we value diversity and promote acceptance and inclusion,” Principal Ed Chmiel stated. “Athletics are a great way to bring people together and work for a common goal, and we are very proud of these students and their tremendous achievement.”