The second annual Tulane-LSU Special Olympics Unified Rivalry Basketball Game was held Feb. 3 at Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse on the uptown campus of Tulane University.
The game featured teams of Special Olympians and students from Tulane and LSU competing for the coveted Unified Rivalry Cup. LSU emerged victorious this year, knotting the series up at one game a piece after Tulane won the inaugural game last year. The large and raucus crowd of Tulane students, student athletes, and friends and family ate up the competition, with fans proudly displaying posters with the athletes’ names and cheering on their teams. Some chanted “DE-FENSE,” and even orchestrated the wave.
An award ceremony and trophy presentation followed the game, and later in the afternoon the teams scrimmaged during halftime of the Tulane Women’s basketball game against the University of South Florida.
and one of the first in the nation. The inaugural season brought together over 50 Special Olympics athletes and 30 Tulane students. The League’s third season begins play on Feb. 23, 2018.