In Owasso, basketball is more than just a competitive sport; it’s a way to give back to the community.

Owasso High School on Friday hosted its annual Students vs. Faculty basketball competition benefiting Owasso Special Olympics.

The Faculty Allstars continued their undefeated winning streak this year with a resounding victory over the Seniors team.

“The Students vs. Faculty basketball game never fails to deliver a great time, a few laughs and some spirited competition, all while raising money for our team,” said Owasso head coach Susan St. John.

Prior to the game, the Unified Pair of Luke Bray and Chloe Hogan performed the national anthem. A few special team members were also recognized, including the Unified Pair of Lane Petersen and Heidi Avery for their fundraising efforts.

Every year, Peterson and Avery challenge each other in a friendly competition to see who can sell the most tickets to the organization’s Pancake Breakfast. In their four years together, they have raised over $5,000 for the team.

The event also honored a special family that exemplifies outstanding dedication and commitment to Special Olympics.

This year, participants recognized Owasso’s own Johnny, Amy and Lane Petersen. Johnny serves as Owasso’s fire marshal and has continued to support Owasso Special Olympics alongside his wife and son.

St. John and her team are gearing up for their big sendoff on Wednesday, May 15, to compete in the Special Olympics Summer Games in Stillwater.

Art is a seasoned reporter of over 15 years with an extended background in writing and editing for a variety of publications and organizations.