13th Annual Franklin Regional - Clelian Heights Day Basketball Game

February 01, 2023

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Franklin Regional - Clelian Heights Basketball Game is Back after Pandemic Haitus

Everyone loves a good comeback story. And there is none better than the Clelian Heights Day basketball game returning to Franklin Regional High School on Friday, January 27, 2023, following a two year haitus due to the pandemic.

Franklin Regional basketball's relationship with the Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children goes back 13 years. Beginning in 2011, the Franklin Regional basketball teams held a basketball clinic at Clelian Heights facllities where the Panthers would work with the Clelian Heights athletes on basketball skills. The Clelian Heights team would then visit the Panthers' gym to play an evening exhibition game in front of the Franklin Regional crowd during halftime of the varsity games.

In recent years, the time of the game was moved to be held during school hours. The team from Clelian Heights now travels to Murrysville on a January afternoon where they play the game in front of the entire staff and student body at the high school. The game is played in two 7-minute halves, and includes a three-point shooting contest at halftime with Franklin Regional girls and boys basketball players pairing up with Crusaders players. Cheers rain down over the court from the bleachers, packed full of enthusiastic supporters.  

All are winners at this game, which concluded with the Franklin Regional boys and girls basketball boosters organizations presenting a donation check of $2,000 to Clelian Heights to help with their athletic budget. Over the years, in excess of $15,000 has been donated to support this worthy cause. 

Prior to the game, members of the Franklin Regional Unified Club spoke about their mission of inclusivity for all, and they unveiled their banner as a Special Olympics National Unified Champion School. 

Clelian Heights is a school that provides spiritual, educational and vocational programs for kids and young adults with intellectual challenges. For more information on the good things happening at Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children, visit www.clelianheights.org

A selection of photos from this year's event are shown below. Additional photos are in our photo gallery link below, which has been opened up for free downloads.               

* Photos from this game are made available for Free Downloads for personal use * 

Follow this link to view our gallery of 190 photos from this event. 


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