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Red Raiders Representing Tompkins County in Special Olympics Basketball

Updated: May 21, 2019

By Laura Bagwell-Katalinich

WVBR’s Laura Bagwell-Katalinich speaks with the Red Raiders, a Special Olympics basketball team based in the Tompkins area. Coaches and team members discuss how Special Olympics fosters a tight-knit community free of ableist stigma.

Fresh off gold and bronze medals in their last two tournaments, respectively, the Red Raiders

are a perfect example of what Special Olympics is all about: a team of diverse, passionate

individuals who are united - rather than excluded - by disability. Coaches and players reflect on what Special Olympics means to them.


Listen to the full story here.

You can learn more about the Special Olympics at


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