Unified Special Olympics hoops teams scrimmage at Husker women’s basketball game

Special Olympics basketball players got their turn to showcase their skills under the bright lights at halftime of the Husker women's basketball game against Iowa.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Fremont native Wyatt Spalding says sports are in his blood.

All of his siblings: his sisters and his twin brother, were athletes growing up. Many times, Wyatt had to watch from the sidelines.

At halftime of the Husker women’s basketball game against Iowa on Sunday, Wyatt got his turn to showcase his skills under the bright lights of Pinnacle Bank Arena.

“I used to dream about playing on the Nebraska court and just being able to be out there for like eight minutes is a dream come true,” he said.

Wyatt is a Special Olympics basketball and tennis player. He will be representing Nebraska in the Unified Special Olympics in Orlando this June.

Unified Special Olympics teams consist of people with intellectual disabilities and unified partners. Team Nebraska scrimmaged with Team Iowa at halftime of the women’s basketball game in preparation for this summer.

Wyatt’s teammate, Papillion native Evan Roberts, is a unified partner. He says his little brother inspires him to compete with Team Nebraska.

“This means everything to me,” Roberts said. “My little brother Ethan has Down syndrome. So I grew up around Special Olympics and the community around here in Nebraska. And so being able to get out there and represent Team Nebraska today, you dream about this as a kid from Nebraska, playing on this court.”

Wyatt says he joined Special Olympics back in 2008, when unified games were not as prominent.

“Now it’s like this big thing!” Wyatt exclaimed. “And it means everything to me to play and watch sports, which is a huge part of my life.”

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