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NBA Cares Special Olympics Unity Sports Basketball Game at NBA All-Star 2012

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Oakville, Ontario Athlete Heading to Orlando as NBA and Special Olympics Team Up For First-Ever

NBA Cares Special Olympics Unity Sports Basketball Game at NBA All-Star 2012


-- NBA and WNBA Players, Legends, Celebrities and Special Olympics Athletes to

Participate in a Unified Game on Sunday, Feb. 26 --


Toronto, Ontario – Special Olympics athlete Marc Campbell has been selected to participate in the first-ever NBA Cares Special Olympics Unity Sports Basketball Game, which will take place as part of the 2012 NBA All-Star weekend festivities in Orlando.  With support from The Coca-Cola Company, the game will tip off on Center Court at NBA All-Star Jam Session on Sunday, Feb. 26, and will feature 12 Special Olympics athletes from across the country, along with NBA Legends Clyde Drexler, Chris Mullin, Dikembe Mutombo and Sam Perkins, current WNBA players, and celebrities.  NBA stars Kevin Durant, Kemba Walker and Derrick Williams will also participate in the event.


The exhibition game will combine athletes with and without intellectual disabilities as teammates to showcase the power of Special Olympics’ Unified Sports® program, which helps unite communities and foster an environment of acceptance and inclusion.  In addition, as part of the NBA Cares All-Star Community Caravan, NBA/WNBA legends and players will host a clinic for local Special Olympics athletes at Jam Session immediately following the game. 


Marc has been involved with Special Olympics for over 10 years and lives in Oakville, Ontario.  He graduated from high school four years ago.  Marc is a big supporter of the Toronto Raptors and is a regular visitor at their home court, the Air Canada Centre.  Marc is also an active fundraiser for his basketball team. 


“The NBA is excited to expand our longtime partnership with Special Olympics by hosting the Unity Sports basketball game as part of our NBA All-Star festivities,” said NBA Senior Vice President of Community Relations Todd Jacobson.  “The NBA Cares Special Olympics Unity Sports Basketball Game is about having fun, promoting fitness and bringing people together.”


“We are proud to have this unique opportunity to show the world the incredible talents of our Special Olympics athletes, playing alongside basketball legends from the NBA and WNBA,” said Peter Wheeler, Special Olympics’ Chief Officer of Strategic Properties. “This is another great moment in our long-standing partnership with the NBA and we hope that this Unity Sports basketball game shows NBA fans the power of sports to unite us all.”


NBA Cares Special Olympics Unity Sports Basketball Game roster:


            East                                                    West

            Marc Campbell, ON                            Jesse Burnett, CO

            Keyuana Davis, FL                              Jackie Buxton, OR

            Kerri Gilroy, MA                                   Steve Lynn, OK

            Rickie Kelly, WI                                   Anthony Nunn, MN

            Andre Larry, FL                                   Sean Vigil, UT

Tony Payne, TN                                  Jennifer Wardlow, NC


These 12 Special Olympics athletes and their families will be treated to an unforgettable NBA All-Star experience including dinner with an NBA legend, in-arena recognition at NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm, and tickets to the NBA All-Star Game.


The NBA’s global partnership with Special Olympics began more than 30 years ago when the league helped to introduce basketball as a new sport to the organization. The NBA has since provided sponsorship to Special Olympics basketball tournaments, created public service announcements featuring NBA players, and participated in major Special Olympics events. In addition, the NBA's Basketball without Borders program has featured international clinics for Special Olympics athletes in China, Puerto Rico, Russia, France, Greece, Italy, Brazil, Spain, and Mexico.


About NBA Cares

NBA Cares is the league's social responsibility program that builds on the NBA's long tradition of addressing important social issues in the United States and around the world.  Through this umbrella program, the NBA, its teams and players have donated than $175 million to charity, completed more than 1.8 million hours of hands-on community service, and created more than 675 places where kids and families can live, learn, or play, in 22 countries and territories on five continents.  In addition, this year the league launched the NBA Cares Community Caravan, a year-round community and fan engagement program, through which the NBA family will reach more than 10,000 schools and community centers and touch the lives of more than 15 million fans.  NBA Cares works with internationally recognized youth-serving programs that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes, including: KaBOOM!, Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, UNICEF, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis.


About Special Olympics Canada

Established in 1969, the Canadian chapter of this international movement is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through sport. Operating year-round in all Canadian provinces and territories except Nunavut, this grassroots movement reaches beyond the sphere of sport to empower individuals, change attitudes, and build communities. From two-year olds enrolled in Active Start to mature adults, there are more than 42,700 children, youth, and adults with an intellectual disability registered in Special Olympics programs across the country, and they are supported by more than 16,400 volunteers, including more than 13,000 trained coaches. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@SpecialOCanada).


About Special Olympics Ontario

Special Olympics Ontario is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports. Special Olympics Ontario is part of a dynamic world-wide charitable organization dedicated to promoting a more active and better quality of life for people who have an intellectual disability, through their involvement of sport. For more information, please visit

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For media enquiries and for more information, please contact:

Susana Petti

Director, Marketing & Public Relations

Special Olympics Canada

T: 416.927.9050, ext. 4383


C: 416.455.8932

** For interviews during the All-Star weekend, February 25 and 26, please contact Susana by cell, 416.455.8932

**B-roll also available post event


Lynn Miller

Manager, Marketing & Fundraising Services

Special Olympics Ontario

T: 416.447.8326, ext 226