SOMI athlete Thomas Brautigam (12) will play in the NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Game on Saturday, February 17 in Los Angeles.
Special Olympics Michigan athlete Thomas Brautigam from Brooklyn, Mich. is headed to Los Angeles later this week to play in the annual NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Basketball Game alongside NBA and WNBA stars and legends. This demonstration game will feature athletes with and without intellectual disabilities playing on the same team and will stream live on the NBA Cares' official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nbacares/ on Saturday, February 17 at 12:30 PM ET/9:30 AM PT.
Brautigam is one of only six Special Olympics athletes from the United States, and 12 Special Olympics athletes from across the globe, to be chosen to play in the game which takes place inside the Los Angeles Convention Center. A complete list of NBA, WNBA and Special Olympics participants is below.
NBA and WNBA Participants:
• Andre Drummond, NBA All-Star and Special Olympics Global Ambassador
• Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers forward and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night participant
• Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics forward and Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Challenge participant
• Larry Nance Jr., Cleveland Cavaliers guard and Verizon Slam Dunk participant
• Buddy Hield, Sacramento Kings guard and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night participant
• Elena Delle Donne, Washington Mystics forward and Special Olympics Global Ambassador
• Skylar Diggins-Smith, Dallas Wings guard
• Stefanie Dolson, Chicago Sky center
• Dikembe Mutombo, Hall of Famer and Special Olympics Global Ambassador
• Felipe Lopez, NBA Legend and NBA Cares Ambassador
• Ron Harper, NBA Legend
• Muggsy Bogues, NBA Legend
• Horace Grant, NBA Legend
• Rashard Lewis, NBA Legend
• Lindsey Harding, WNBA Legend
Special Olympics Athletes:
• Oliver Boyd, Germany
• Thomas Brautigam, U.S. (Michigan)
• Christopher Lopez, U.S. (New York)
• Butti AlSheezawi, United Arab Emirates
• Saska Vujicic, Serbia
• Jasmine Taylor, U.S. (Florida)
• George Wanjiku, Kenya
• Robert Hall, U.S. (California)
• Treven Cole, U.S. (Utah)
• Kaprisha Trotter, U.S. (California)
• Anna Thain, U.S. (Utah)
• Anna Thain, U.S. (Utah)
While in Los Angeles, Brautigam and his fellow Special Olympics athletes will receive the VIP treatment by attending the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles on Friday, February 16, the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night (skills challenge, 3-point shootout, shooting stars and slam dunk content) on Saturday, February 17 and the 67th NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, February 18.