Northridge, CA- On Feb. 8, the AYF San Fernando “Sardarabad” Chapter invited athletes and parents of the Special Needs Basketball Program to witness the Cal State Northridge Matadors take on the Cal State Fullerton Titans in a Big West showdown.
The excitement began as soon as the athletes walked through the door. Thanks to Erin Kiser, the Assistant Athletic Director at CSUN, the athletes were able to welcome the CSUN Men’s Basketball team onto the court alongside the Matador cheerleaders.
Photo Credit: CSUN Department of Athletics
The game was a roller coaster ride for the Matadors with great display of heart and will. With two seconds left on the clock, the Matadors tied the game with a three point shot that brought joyful cheers to both the athletes and parents. In overtime, the Matadors out-battled the Titans to victory. The greatest joy of the night was seeing smiles on children’s faces when a player dunked the basketball and feeling the excitement when they chanted “Defense” with the other Matador fans.
Saturday night’s energy carried into Sunday, as the AYF Special Needs Basketball Program held its weekly basketball practice. The athletes, parents and volunteers continued to have fun and bond through the beautiful game of basketball.
For more information about the Special Needs Basketball program, call 818-451-3787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.