Beaver County’s Izzy Scialabba shines in NBA Cares All-Star Game

Yesterday, Special Olympics Pennsylvania athlete Israel Scialabba earned the opportunity of a lifetime — to play in the Special Olympics + NBA Cares Unified All-Star Game in Chicago with players and legends from the WNBA and NBA. And… HE. BALLED. OUT.

In a thrilling 44-43 victory for the East All-Stars at the United Center, Izzy made significant contributions to the winning effort.

His final stats: 8 PTS (4-6, 0-1), 5 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 3 TO

For the majority of his minutes, Izzy ran the point and displayed an array of skills, including fantastic handles and breakaway speed. It was an honor to watch him — and all the other Special Olympics athletes and WNBA/NBA players — compete on the biggest stage!

For more from the unforgettable day:

Event photos (from Ben Solomon):
Video profile of Izzy:
Full replay of the game:

While watching the video replay of the game, here are some timestamps to check out where Izzy makes some awesome plays!

11:09: Izzy’s intro
17:30: Tip-off
21:15: Izzy checks into the game
21:30: Cheyenne Parker layup from Izzy
23:06: Izzy layup from Cheyenne Parker
25:00: Wyatt Spalding 16-footer from Izzy
25:38: Izzy rebound and putback
32:50: Izzy check back in
33:08: Good defense
33:57: Rebound in traffic
34:55: Izzy fastbreak scoop shot
37:12: Izzy awesome steal & layup
38:35: Halftime
53:30: Izzy checks back in
55:24: Sick handles
1:04: Izzy checks back in
1:09: Final 48 seconds
1:10:22: Chris Carter steal & game-winner
1:14:15: Medal ceremony
1:15:07: Izzy gets his medal

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Special Olympics Pennsylvania

The mission of Special Olympics Pennsylvania is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

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