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!
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
#50for50: Volume 12 ▪️ Bryan Fagan ▪️ Unified Track & Field Coach ▪️ Souderton Area High School
“I am a Unified Track coach here at Souderton. I grew up in Doylestown and I’ve been teaching here for seven years. I teach Family & Consumer Sciences and I started working in restaurants when I was 12, bussing tables, dish washing and I worked in restaurants until I started teaching. … We tried to make sure we were setting up a program that was as similar to our varsity programs as it possibly could be. Doing things like having an apparel store or having the mentality of, ‘we’re practicing and pushing ourselves just like the varsity track and football team does.’ When it was raining and the varsity track team was outside practicing, we were outside practicing. … It was one of those things with teaching FCS, I have all our Special Ed kids coming through. So for me, my classes have always been unified. Helping that valedictorian understand that, ‘You’re going to be working with people with different ability levels. Not everybody’s text-book-smart like you are. If you become a business owner, how are you going to set people up for success as well as set your company up for success?’ … The Unified Track program has grown from the very first year with 14 kids on the team to last year, we had 20 managers, we had 42 kids that wanted to compete in track. We maxed out our 35-student roster and had kids running JV right with them. … For us, it’s really just a culture thing. It’s all about that ripple effect. It’s about having students come back in five years to say, ‘I’m doing this because I ran Unified Track or played Bocce.’ … The summer after my first year coaching, I got an email from one of our athletes’ parents with a picture of the athlete and two of our partner athletes from track. These two partner athletes had emailed her asking if they could take the athlete out to lunch. Being able to see that what we’re doing here was making its way out to social lives outside the building — especially since those partner athletes had already graduated — was probably one of the greatest moments I’ve had.”
On February 14, Beaver County’s own Israel Scialabba earned the right to participate in the Special Olympics NBA Cares Unified All-Star Game in Chicago as part of the NBA‘s All-Star Weekend festivities!
Yesterday, we had the honor of attending #SOHillDay in Washington, D.C. with an exceptional team of Unified athletes from Souderton Area High School.
Unified partners Jon Booz & Kevin Lezynski, as well as Vicki (Jon’s mom), Nancy (Kevin’s mom), Souderton’s Unified coach & PE teacher Bryan Fagan and our Chief Development Officer Tim Kerrihard made the trek to Capitol Hill to speak with various members of congress to advocate on behalf of Special Olympics athletes everywhere!
#50for50: Volume 11 ▪️ Seth Jarrett ▪️ 37 years old ▪️ Union County
“I was in Global Messenger training in State College. I get to give all different speeches. I like one time I was at Kutztown University and gave my first speech. I made my mom cry. So I wanted to keep doing it. [After people hear me speak] they clap and they cheer me on. … I live independently, by myself in my own house. It feels good. And I work at Bucknell University. I work in Dining Services. I’ve been there for 19 years. I like working there. I work in the mornings, get in at 7:30 a.m., come home around 2:30 p.m. and I do what my supervisor tells me to do. I do everything they tell me. Pots and pans, trash and other stuff. … I bowled a 179 today [at the Eastern Bowling Sectional]. That was my best score ever. I bowled my heart out. I do bocce in the fall and I love all kinds of sports. … I’ve been in Special Olympics almost 27 years. I started swimming when I was 10. It helped me in all different ways. [My favorite event is] 200m breast stroke. We practice every Sunday afternoon. I have all different friends. My advice is change what you do in sports and enjoy it. It’s important you enjoy it.”