FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Homestead basketball game was a wild one Friday night. Not the girls’ game. Not the boys’ game, but the Champions Together game.
It may have only been 15 minutes long, but it had a lasting impression on the young men and women who played. Champions Together promotes acceptance for students of all levels and abilities. It’s a partnership between the Indiana High School Athletic Association and Special Olympics Indiana. Each year IHSAA member schools can work to earn a Champions Together banner by organizing at least one whole school engagement activity, hosting at least one unified sports activity and raising a minimum of $1,500 for Special Olympics Indiana. Eleven student leaders at Homestead held a school-wide respect week promoting awareness, acceptance, anti-bullying and inclusion leading up to the game.
RJ Casey played in the game. He said he was hyped, but a little nervous to play his first basketball game in front of hundreds of screaming fans. He does know one thing though.
“Heck yeah I like basketball. What kind of question is that?,” Casey said.
And the high school freshman knows what he likes about it.
“Even though I’m not that great at it. Probably the shooting,” Casey said.
When it came down to playing, Casey and all of his classmates proved they had the skills. It was a back and forth game, and in the final minutes it was Casey, the boy who thought he wouldn’t make any points, who made the final bucket.
“It feels so great. I wasn’t really expecting to make any shots. I can’t really describe it. It felt amazing,” Casey said.
The teams may have had different scores, but in the end they were Champions Together.
“I will never forget this,” Casey said.
To learn more about Champions Together click here.