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Special Olympics athletes and U of L intramural students compete in statewide basketball tournament

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Some University of Louisville basketball players hit the hardwood Thursday night, but it wasn't the ones you'd think.

Ten teams squared off for Kentucky's first Collegiate Unified Basketball Tournament. Special Olympics athletes and students from U of L's intramural sports paired up.

Players said it's a great way to boost the Special Olympics athletes' self-esteem.

"It's just a lot of fun to come out here and play with these kids," said Alec Beeghly with the U of L Intramural Sports Department. "They want us to push them so that when they go into job interviews and stuff like that, then they're ready to be pushed a little bit."

Each game lasted about 10 minutes or until a team scored 18 points.

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