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The Fifth Annual Springbrook Special Olympics Basketball Invitational was a huge success! Nine teams from all over New York State came together at Springbrook’s Main Campus–as well as the Community Campus–to compete in this event.
Patricia Kennedy, Springbrook’s CEO, began the opening ceremony by welcoming the teams and thanking sponsors. Jacob Rothbein, a graduate of The Tom Golisano Center for Autism, contributed to the opening ceremony by singing the National Anthem. Kaylee Hagan, a day student at The School at Springbrook and a member of Springbrook’s Skills Team, recited the Special Olympics Oath with assistance from Seth Haight, Springbrook’s COO. The opening ceremony came to an end when Craig Keil, the father of a recent graduate of The Tom Golisano Center for Autism, officially opened the tournament.
Division 1 and Division 2 teams, as well as the Skills team, competed at Springbrook’s Main Campus while division 3 teams competed at Springbrook’s Community Campus. Each team played with sportsmanship and integrity, and at the end of the day, the Onondaga Cougars earned the Division 1 gold medal, while the Springbrook Scorpions took home the gold for Division 2.
Jonathan Philby, Adaptive Physical Education teacher, and Co-Athletic Coordinator had this to say about the day: “I’m just really thankful for all of the volunteers, staff, coaches, and teams who came out and made this year’s tournament such a success. The Scorpions did really well and I am proud of all of the athletes who participated.”