Nineteen Vermont athletes are heading for the Special Olympics USA Games to represent Team Vermont.
The group is made up of athletes as well as some unified partners.
CVU recent graduate Lindsey Albertelli and rising senior Kevin Conger are members of the Vermont unified basketball team selected to compete in the USA Games.
“I’m really excited for it,” said Albertelli. “I think it’s going to be fun to see how we compete against other teams. It’s a little bit unexpected because we don’t know what the level of competition is, but I think it’ll be really fun to see and compete with everyone else from other states.”
The format for unified basketball will be slightly more competitive than what Lindsey and Kevin are used to, as unified partners will be allowed to score as well as the athletes.
Conger is not deterred by the higher level of competition, but rather looks forward to competing with his friends and teammates.
“Just being able to share a whole new experience with everyone else we’ve known as far as the unified basketball squad,” said Conger. “We’re doing this as a team I would say. We do this as a team, everything is team-building as far as here. We start as a team, we finish as a team.”
Team Vermont will take part in the USA Games in Seattle, W.A. from July 1-6.