Schools and Libraries
April 16, 2014
Long Beach High School students are participating in the Challenger Basketball program for the first time this year. Students with special needs have been playing in this intraschool basketball league, burning up the court with their passing, dribbling and shooting skills.
The Challenger Basketball program of Long Island, which began approximately eight years ago with the Seaford, Oceanside and Bellmore-Merrick districts, has grown to include approximately 15 districts in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Challenger Basketball builds teamwork while helping to boost students' self-esteem. It supports the inclusion of students with disabilities in sports and allows them to work on their communication skills as well as their gross motor skills. The players feel a sense of belonging to a team.