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2016 NBA All Star Weekend

2016 NBA All Star Weekend

This year’s 40-minute demonstration game featured 12 Special Olympics athletes from around the world playing alongside NBA legends and WNBA legends/players, including Bruce Bowen, Jason Collins, Tamika Catchings and Ticha Penicheiro for the West, and Detlef Schrempf, Tracy McGrady, Special Olympics Global Ambassador Elena Delle Donne and WNBA Cares Ambassador and 2003 WNBA Finals MVP Ruth Riley for the East.
Temitope Amodu was selected to represent Special Olympics Nigeria and Africa at the 2016 NBA Cares Unified Basketball game during the just concluded 2016 NBA All Star Weekend held in Toronto Canada She also represented Nigeria at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, returning home with a silver medal.
She was on the East team which included the following athletes, NBA and WNBA Legends/Players;

  • Detlef Schrempf, NBA Legend
  • Tracy McGrady, 7-time NBA All-Star
  • Elena Delle Donne, Chicago Sky                
  • Ruth Riley, WNBA Cares Ambassador & 2003 WNBA Finals MVP
  • Duquan Walker, U.S. (Mississippi)
  • James Black, U.S. (Washington, D.C.)
  • Jose Rondon Zapata, Venezuela
  • Maria-Lamprini Dragkola, Greece
  • Matt Grimes, U.S. (Massachusetts)
  • Temitope Amodu, Nigeria
The West team included;
  • Bruce Bowen, NBA Legend
  • Jason Collins, NBA Cares Ambassador
  • Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever
  • Ticha Penicheiro, WNBA Legend
  • Eliza Mills, Australia
  • Franck Cedric Koffi, Cote d’Ivoire
  • Milton Vieira, Italy
  • Natalie Branscombe, Canada (Nova Scotia)
  • Sarah Byrne, Ireland
  • Gohulan Rajalingam, Canada (Toronto)
The game ended with her team (East) defeating the West, 49-46! Asides from the game, she enjoyed a memorable NBA All-Star experience, including a meet-and-greet with members of the NBA family and tickets to marquee events throughout the week. 

View more pictures from this event here

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