annual adapted tournaments
5th Annual Adapted Basketball Tournament
"My students were so happy!"
On February 8th, Bustin Barriers held its 5th Annual Adapted Basketball Tournament at Cleveland High School. Athletes from Portland and Multnomah County came together to compete. Representing their high schools and transition programs, athletes ran, wheeled their way or joined forces with a teammate or aide to take to the court and play basketball. It is a spirited day of sports, competion, sportmanship and fun. It is also an opportunity for personal growth and to learn from teammates.
"Bustin Barriers' 2017 Annual Adapted Basketball Tournament was a huge success! The students at the Community Transition Program in David Douglas School District look forward to this event all year long. Bustin Barriers' staff go above and beyond in making sure all students' needs are met, including accomodations, to make sure all students feel comfortable and welcome. The announcer and scoreboard made participants feel super important. My students were so happy! You would have thought they just participated in the Olympics. Participating in activities such as these are so important for students. Not only does the tournament encourage physical activity but it allows students to make connections that they might not otherwise make. For example, two of my students had let me know before the tournament that they don't work well together - haven't since 5th grade. At the tournament they were unexpectedly great teammates! That has carried over to the school and work setting! It takes a variety of experiences for teamwork and connections to strengthen. Thank you so much Bustin Barriers for providing such a great activity where this can happen. My students are already planning for next year's tournament. We hope Bustin Barriers can expand this tournament so students can participate in this program on a regular basis."
Stacy Donovan, Special Education Transition Program Teacher