More than a hundred special needs students from 9 different schools laced up their tennis shoes Friday to team up with kids from Berrendos Middle School.
High Hoops gives children with disabilities the chance to play side by side with their peers and learn the fundamentals of basketball.
"It's important for these students to see that they can come together, be on a team, and be successful. They're getting those life skills to be successful in life," says Antelope Elementary School District Superintendent Todd Brose.
It’s not just about the skills they learn on the court, but the interaction they get with kids from other schools. Barrendos Middle School students divide up and play on teams from different schools. They also help referee and cheer on their peers from the sideline.
Berrendos 8th grader Lexi Pritchard says, "I like that they get a chance to play sports, which they normally wouldn't get to do. It's also good to see that they're really happy that they get to do something outside of what they normally do."
Some of the kids come back to play year after year, and have developed a true love for the game.
Evergreen Middle School student Zack Snow says, "I like it because it's very fun and it doesn't matter if you win or lose, it's just for fun. It helps all the kids with disabilities."
Educators say one of the main reasons the event was created was to give students a chance to all experience success together. High Hoops was first developed by the Tehama County Office of Education. This is the 6th year of the event.