We wanted to provide you one last update about our team's incredible success! The Oregon Ducks Unified Basketball team competed in the NIRSA National Basketball Tournament April 11th-14th in Wichita, Kansas. The Ducks represented Oregon in a division of 12 other Unified teams from across the country. The team advanced out of pool play 1-1, where they faced off vs Kansas State & Toldeo. The Ducks then defeated Iowa State in the first round of playoffs, qualifying them for the semi-final game. The team was then defeated by a skilled team from the University of Louisiana. Our students and Special Olympic athletes competed every game with passion, respect, and demonstrated top notch sportsmanship. Brandon Schmit, am Oregon Duck Special Olympic athlete, was named to the All-American team.
Through the Duck Fund platform and YOUR incredible support, over $12,500 was raised from 94 contributing donors to fully fund all tournament expenses. The community support was truly amazing and the experience that was provided to our students and Special Olympic athletes will be one they will never forget and will continue to impact their student experience moving forward. We feel privileged to have supported the Unified division at the National Tournament but more importantly, support the global movement for inclusion. The Ducks made lifelong memories and friendships with the other Unified teams. We are so thankful to all of our fans and supporters for their encouragement, support, and celebration of this team.
We hope to continue to develop our Unified program and get back to the National tournament next year!
Click HERE to see the great article on the team in the Around the O.
THANK YOU for making this possible!