Unifying the Court: NBA Star Jamal Murray Coaches Unified Basketball Game and Raises Funds for Children with Disabilities

Jamal Murray makes unexpected appearance at unified basketball game for Colorado students

On Tuesday, Jamal Murray took a break from his usual role as an NBA star to act as a coach for a unified basketball game between North Middle School and Aurora Hills Middle School. Unified sports provide opportunities for students with and without disabilities to participate in school sports, fostering teamwork and inclusion.

During the game, Murray helped raise $5,000 for UCHealth for children with disabilities. One student, Felipe Avalos, showcased his basketball skills with a huge smile on his face as he danced on the court. His brother, Johnathan Avalos, also joined in the fun and expressed how much they were enjoying the experience together.

Murray praised Felipe’s abilities on the court and emphasized the importance of teamwork and having fun. The focus of the game was not on winning or losing but on enjoying the experience. Aurora Public Schools received a generous donation of $5,000 from UCHealth to support all unified sports in the district, and Murray matched the donation to further support the cause.

Reflecting on his participation, Murray stated that he wants to help inspire kids and show them the importance of giving back. The donation will be used to purchase equipment for all unified sports in the district, benefiting students and continuing the spirit of teamwork and inclusion in school sports.

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