For students at one South Bay school, sports are more than just a game: they are a unifying force.
That's why the Sweetwater School District decided to organize a basketball game between the Otay Ranch Mustangs and the Olympian High Eagles, two team that are usually rivals.
But on Wednesday afternoon, the players - students with special needs - were ultimately on the same team. The goal was not to win a game, but to join in and support the students.
"Everyone is here," said Olympian High School student Malia Talavera. "It makes everyone come together as one. It makes them happy seeing everyone here."
For the parents, it's what has happened before and after the game that has made all the difference.
"She was so excited," said Gina O'Cleary. "She has not stopped talking about it, and 'Mom, I want you to meet my coach.'"
These type of unity games have been so successful that now that the school district is looking ahead to organizing more games. They are planning a match between Bonita High School and Eastlake High School.
This fall, high school and middle school students will come together for a track and field competition with students with special needs.