A "Stahrr" for the Lancaster unified basketball team

Lancaster, N.Y. (WKBW) - Nick Stahrr is thankful for his wheelchair.

"My chair can stand up," he said. "If I'm doing math class in school, I can stand up and do work in it."

Nick has cerebral palsy and has been in a wheelchair his entire life. This chair also allows Nick to participate in unified basketball.

"I like basketball," he said. "I don't watch it but I like playing basketball."

And people enjoy watching Nick.

""He's literally the star of the basketball team," laughed Lancaster unified basketball coach Mike Myers.

During away games, Nick shines with his partner as they together make baskets. During home games, the school does something special.

"We made a lower basket because his arms are limited and he can't shoot high enough," Myers said. "So we have a four footer that he makes."

Sometimes Nick's brother even joins the fun.

It's a way to include everyone and make sure guys like Nick are enjoying the sport to the fullest.

"It makes everyone in the building happier when he's running down the halls screaming and yelling and people are saying hey man have a good game today,  and he says I will thanks," said Myers.

A sports manager during the football season gets to be an athlete during the spring and he's the latest student-athlete to benefit from unified basketball.

"It's a good thing that special needs can do something like that," Stahrr said. It's just a great time for all of us to be together as one big happy family and we can have a lot of fun together."

 

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