Beaver County's Izzy Scialabba Shines in NBA Cares All-Star Game

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On February 14, 2020, our very own Special Olympics Pennsylvania – Beaver County athlete Israel “Izzy” Scilabba took to the court at Chicago's United Center with 11 other Special Olympics athletes and 9 players and legends from the NBA and WNBA for the 9th annual NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Sports® Basketball Game!

In a thrilling 44-43 victory for the East All-Stars at the United Center, Izzy made significant contributions to the winning effort.

His Final Stats: 8 PTS (4-6, 0-1), 5 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 3 TO

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For the majority of his minutes, Izzy ran the point and displayed an array of skills, including fantastic handles and breakaway speed. It was an honor to watch him — and all the other Special Olympics athletes and WNBA/NBA players — compete on the biggest stage!

The Unified Game took place prior to the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles at Wintrust Arena and was streamed live on the NBA’s official Facebook page. Special Olympics International also received a $4,000 donation for every four-point shot made from behind the Ruffles Four-Point Ridge Line during the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, with a minimum donation of $40,000.

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Event Photos (from Ben Solomon):
Video Profile of Izzy
Full Replay of the Game

Izzy was joined in Chicago by his Special Olympics teammates:

  • Sean Annan (Special Olympics Canada)
  • Jasmine Burnham (Special Olympics Florida)
  • Christopher Carter (Special Olympics Virginia)
  • Robert Doyle (Special Olympics Nevada)
  • Amber Free (Special Olympics Texas)
  • Blake Hairston (Special Olympics Virginia)
  • Injae Kim (Special Olympics Korea)
  • Tamara Medarts (Special Olympics Belgium)
  • Carrie Nykiel (Special Olympics Illinois)
  • Wyatt Spalding (Special Olympics Nebraska)
  • Nate Wade (Special Olympics Colorado)

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And these NBA/WNBA Players and Legends:

  • A'ja Wilson (Las Vegas Aces, forward)
  • Chelsea Gray (Los Angeles Sparks, guard)
  • Cheyenne Parker (Chicago Sky, forward)
  • Horace Grant (Chicago Bulls Legend)
  • Toni Kukoč (Chicago Bulls Legend)
  • Dikembe Mutumbo (Hall of Famer & Special Olympics Global Ambassador)
  • Muggsy Bogues (NBA Legend)
  • Jameer Nelson (NBA Legend)
  • Cappie Pondexter (WNBA Legend)