The Unified Sports league was created with the intention of including students with special needs in sports, but one Western New York mother says her son has been excluded because of his age.
This week unified basketball teams were competing to cap off Disability Awareness Week. James Kroboth, 20, was looking forward to playing with the Frontier High School Unified team, but he cannot because he is older than the age 19 limit.
"Basketball was my favorite thing to do in the world and they turned it down on me," James said.
His mother, Wendy Kroboth, is now calling for Governor Andrew Cuomo to adjust the age requirement since special needs students are allowed to attend high school until the age of 21.
"I would have liked to see him play, you know go to a game, watch him play. And the coach denied him," Wendy said.
There are local coaches working with state lawmakers to change the age limit.
2 On Your Side did reach out to the governor's office to see if this is up for consideration, but have not received a response.