TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Add another championship for the University of Alabama.
This time it's Unified Special Olympics Basketball.
University of Alabama's Unified Special Olympics Basketball team won the national championship by defeating Central Michigan 51-43 in Columbus, Ohio. It was the team's first try in the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association's Unified Basketball's first ever championship competition.
"Wow! It's, it's a dream come true. It's all we work for, you know? Hard work pays off," Kemondre Taylor said.
Unified Special Olympics Basketball teams up three special athletes with two unified partners.
"The playing field is equal. These guys are out there and they are just as good as the unified partners and so it's a good competition," head coach Brad Garner explained.
"The unified partners, they have been great for us and we've been great for them. They encourage us and that was makes us so special cause they care about us and wants us to be the best we can be," Taylor added.