Kids with disabilities, first responders to play basketball

Event open to children with physical or cognitive disabilities


Highlands Ranch kids with disabilities will soon have the chance to play basketball against first responders during the annual Therapeutic Recreation event.

The team, called Unified Basketball, will compete against teams from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the South Metro Fire Department in February and March.

“They love to have one on one time with these kids,” HRCA spokeswoman Jamie Noebel said. “It's just a really great day to bring these groups of people together.”

Kids with all kinds of disabilities, including those in wheelchairs and who have walkers, participate in the event, she said. Kids with cognitive disabilities also participate.

“It's not nearly as aggressive as a normal game but still very competitive,” Noebel said.

The annual games, which have taken place for three years, started when the program's coordinator, Summer Aden, was looking for more teams to play the kids, she said. Aden's group has a strong relationship with both organizations and asked them if they could provide teams.

While the team is full this year, those interested in signing ups for next season can contact Aden at


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