MISSOULA -- Divisional basketball tournaments tip off this week with a number of local teams looking to advance to their respective state tournaments.
However, Missoula Sentinel High School held a unique basketball game last Thursday morning.
The Sentinel girls and boys basketball teams hosted their third annual Respect Assembly basketball game where a mix of Special Olympians and varsity basketball players came together for a full-court game.
The two teams came out to proper introductions with stands packed with students. At halftime there were 3-point and dunk contests. The event is a unique day that brings the entire school together to support a great cause, something the student-athletes say they love to be a part of.
“It's really cool to watch them look up to us, and then we get to go out there and play with them is even better, because we are their role models, in a way, so it's cool to play with them, too,” said Sentinel senior Jayden Salisbury.
“I always see a smile on their face, amazing sportsmanship, hard work. They always work pretty hard and it just looks like they are having fun,” said Sentinel senior Alex Germer.