Gateway High School students recently teamed up with officers from the Aurora Police Department to host a unity basketball game. Students from both the boys and girls basketball teams took part along with members of APD’s competitive mixed basketball team.
The game between the Gateway Olys and A-Town Blue brought in an enthusiastic crowd that was excited to celebrate the Aurora community.
Basketball coach Jason Dixon organized the event. He felt the game was an important step towards breaking down the invisible walls that sometimes exist between community members.
Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz played on the A-Town Blue team. Many students said they were thankful to see him on the court and have the chance to speak with him on-on-one.
The event included performances from break dancers and Gateway's cheerleaders and drumline. The music got people dancing and laughing together.
The Olys ended up winning the basketball game, but every community member walked away winning a sense of pride and gratitude for living in Aurora.