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St. Luke's Students Cheer on Special Olympians

Samantha Hodgson enjoys basketball a lot. The chance to take the ball in her hands and shoot never fails to give her a thrill. “It’s very fun,” said Hodgson, a member of the Staples High School Unified Sports team. “It’s exciting.”

Hodgson, 18, was one of dozens of unified sports athletes at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan Tuesday for the school’s Special Olympics basketball event.

Fourteen teams from eight communities, including three teams from the New Canaan YMCA, took to the court in the St. Luke’s athletics complex, giving kids with special needs an opportunity to play while being cheered on by St. Luke’s students and athletes. St. Luke’s students held signs, cheered every basket and groaned with every missed shot.

Kate Parker-Burgard, director of community relations for St. Luke’s, says the school’s students enjoy cheering on the unified sports teams, as they have for the past four years.

Janay Parrott, 15, and Lizzy McLaughlin, 15, were glad to be around to root on the kids. “It’s wonderful. It’s really uplifting,” Lizzy said.

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