PMHS unified basketball begins its history with win over John Jay (includes slideshow)

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The Pelham Memorial High School unified basketball team won its first game to launch the program Thursday, defeating John Jay Cross River 41-36.

With a 21-17 lead at the end of the first half, the Pelicans added 20 points in the second and walked away with the win.

According to a release from the Pelham School District in late January, unified basketball is a varsity-level sport designed to help increase inclusion of students with disabilities in competitive athletics. In addition to the team, which includes students both with and without disabilities, there is a committee of students that helps to promote the team and inclusion as a whole. The program is coached by PMHS teachers Michael Solazzo and Steven Beltecas.