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