A Unified Front: Athletes, Parents, Coaches Hoping For Rule Change

Nov. 29, 2019

Matt Murray puts up a shot during a scrimmage last season with the Newfane High School unified basketball team. Unless a change is made in eligibility rules, Murray's career is over almost two years before he finishes high school. (Derek Gee/News file photo)
Matt Murray puts up a shot during a scrimmage last season with the Newfane High School unified basketball team. Unless a change is made in eligibility rules, Murray’s career is over almost two years before he finishes high school.

After a lot of thought, Corrie Murray decided to take a chance. Her son Matt is 19 months away from graduating from Newfane High School. Like any student, he assumes that guarantees two more years of playing the varsity sports central to his teenage world.

Yet if the rules stay as they are, his high school athletic career is over. Under state regulations, Matt, at 19, is ineligible for Unified bowling and basketball, activities Corrie credits with transforming her son’s life. With dozens of Unified student-athletes in that situation throughout Western New York, Corrie puts her faith in the chance a major change is about to happen.

Until she has no other option, she will hold off on breaking the news to Matt that he must give it up.
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