KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/PORTLAND TRIBUNE/Program links kids with, without disabilities
The Oregon City High gym is rocking on a Tuesday night, with the school pep band playing and the cheerleaders cavorting and a decent crowd on hand.
But it's not the Pioneer boys or girls teams that are playing basketball on this winter evening.
Four teams — two representing Oregon City High — are participating in a Unified Sports program doubleheader.
Oregon has 57 high schools that field Unified basketball teams. Those teams, under the umbrella of Special Olympics, offer special-education students and others without a school team on which to play an opportunity to take part in some organized hooping.
"It has been really good for me," says Oregon City junior Sam Lary, who is in his second year in the program. "I wouldn't have a place to play otherwise."