Immokalee special Olympians are winners
On the basketball court outside Immokalee High School, the ball flies out of bounds.
Johnny Cervantes retrieves it for his team. He steps up to the line to throw the ball and resume play.
But first things first.
He hands the ball quickly to Coach Kelly Stevenson, and then he hikes up his shorts.
He grabs the ball back and looks for a receiver.
He endures no heckling for this wardrobe adjustment.
Neither does Daniel Jose, when twice play stops mid-court because his glasses fall off.
In fact none of the classmates, ranging in age from 16 to 22, care if Jose needs a hand at mid-game, or that Cervantes gets to play at practice even though he can’t compete in the Special Olympics state tournament Friday and Saturday. That’s because he didn’t play in the qualifier in Venice. “They’re a team, on the court and off,” Stevenson says.
Last month, the Immokalee Indians earned the right to play in one of three Florida tournaments. And just as important, to file into two vans, eat dinner at Golden Corral and spend the night in a hotel.
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