Special attendees take the court at half time in PSU’s Big Sky Conference game against Montana State
PORTLAND Ore. (KPTV) - The Viking Pavilion had some special attendees on Thursday as the Portland State Vikings had a big win at the Big Sky Conference game with Montana State.
The Hoop Camp Foundation, a non-profit built on volunteers, is in its third decade of offering up life-changing experiences for people living with intellectual disabilities.
The foundation took the floor Thursday night during half time.
“Hoop Camp makes me feel special and joyful, making lots of new friends,” Patrick Brown, a participant, said.
Camp participants were introduced in the starting five alongside Barret Peery’s Portland State men’s basketball team.
“This is a lifetime experience,” Nick Jackson, another participant, said. “I don’t think I will ever get a chance again. It was a fun experience and I got to say a shout-out to Steve Garrity. He is the one who set this up.”
Aloha High School graduate Steve Garrity helped drive the Unified Sports concept in the mid-1990s, combining people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same court.
“It’s a very big moment and I plan to show everybody what I got,” Brian Metcalf, another participant, said.
The non-profit hopes to serve the community through their foundation. Learn more about it on their website.
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