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Unified hoops tournament coming Feb. 12 and ASB raising money for the group with Polar Plunge

Philomath High School’s Unified basketball team will be on the home court Friday afternoon and all of those involved are hoping community members will come out to support the effort. The game begins at 4:30 p.m.

The high school’s student government organization, Associated Student Body, will provide entertainment and have been working hard to spread the word. ASB organizers Sophie Robinson and Dylan Bell mentioned that the team will be throwing shirts to the student section “and perhaps a treat of some type as well.”

Next month on Feb. 12, there will be a Unified basketball tournament at Philomath. Joining the home team at the event will be two teams from Corvallis along with squads from Lebanon, Sutherlin and Newport.

“ASB is working with the fabulous help of staff members and our lovely unified partners,” Robinson and Bell wrote to me in an email. “Come to the game to show your support for our team!”

Along that same theme, ASB has signed up to participate in the Polar Plunge on Feb. 19 at Crystal Lake Sports Park in Corvallis. I’ve covered this event in the past and it’s a very cool, I mean cold, activity to be involved in (I’ll never forget Ean Ross jumping into the river in 2019 and the look on his face). These folks jumping into the frigid waters of the Willamette have more courage than yours truly.

Robinson and Bell are heading up the effort and said their goal is to get 50 people to participate and donate $50 each. This year, 100% of the profits from the event will go to the Unified basketball team (in the past, half went to Unified basketball and the other half went to Special Olympics).

For anyone interested in donating to the Polar Plunge group, write a check payable to Philomath High School and drop it off with the office by Feb. 16. With all of the money staying local for the Unified team, this would be a good year to donate.

(Brad Fuqua is publisher/editor of the Philomath News. He can be reached at