DENVER - Johnson & Wales University held its second annual Unified Basketball game Tuesday night at the Wildcat Center.
JWU Denver students, staff and coaches filled the gym to welcome athletes from Special Olympics Colorado for a game of hoops. Complete with commemorative t-shirts and rally towels, the atmosphere was electric throughout the 40-minute contest that was put on by the JWU Denver Student-Athlete Advisory Committee with help from the Community Service Network.
Although the final score was inconsequential, the D-Town Titans emerged with a thrilling 46-45 victory over the Dream Team. D-Town completed a dramatic comeback with a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer by Tyrell Starkey, erupting the Wildcat Center into a wild frenzy.
Tuesday's game preceded JWU's upcoming 'Change for the Better' weekend where the Wildcats will be collecting donations for Special Olympics during basketball doubleheaders Friday (5:30 p.m.) and Saturday (4 p.m.). Last year JWU finished third in the SCAC's 'Change for the Better' initiative, a yearly contest among schools in the conference to see which member institution can raise the most money for the charity of its choice.
Friday has been designated a White Out while Saturday is a Blue Out. The JWU book store is offering 10 percent off all athletic apparel to help fans gear up for the weekend.