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DHS/PHS Unified Basketball Team Honored by School Board

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DHS/PHS Unified Basketball Team Honored by School Board
Posted on 05/03/2016
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The new Deering/Portland Unified Basketball Team was honored by the Portland Board of Public Education and Interim Superintendent Jeanne Crocker at the board’s April 26 meeting.

The following description of this successful team was read at the meeting:

“Deering and Portland high schools proudly collaborated on an inaugural season of Unified basketball this year. On Wednesday, Feb. 3, the Deering/Portland Unified Basketball Team held their first home game.

Unified basketball is a sport co-sponsored by the Special Olympics and Maine Principals’ Association. This program was created last year by the MPA and consisted of 16 teams across the state. This year, 32 districts had participating teams.  Unified basketball partners students with identified developmental disabilities with fellow students to participate in an MPA sport both in eight regular season games and the opportunity to earn heal points to compete in playoffs.

Coaches for the Portland team consisted of Adam Perron and Chris Hazelton along with parent liaison Miles Bisher.

The team had a very successful first year, finishing by being the South Region runners up. Students from the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams were among the many positive, happy and supportive fan base that attended these games.”