Basketball team hosts sensory-inclusive game (includes video story)

Deep in southwest Indiana, the Evansville University men’s basketball team gets everyone involved. The Purple Aces hosted a sensory-inclusive game, allowing those with special needs to enjoy the event for themselves.

The idea is thanks to Tyler Myers, a member of the team. Myers’ little brother, Brantley, is his biggest fan, but he noticed that he often had trouble sitting through his games. He was struggling with over-stimulation.

After doing some research, Myers started the non-profit Sensory Inclusion. Two years later the freshman is hosting the Ford Center’s first sensory-inclusive night, which consists of dimmed lights and free bags with sensory-friendly gear.

“It gave me a platform to really share my love for my brother and to help people like him,” Myers stated.

He wants his non-profit to “set a standard of normality” in hopes that everyone accepts these individuals and allows them to use their devices without anyone “thinking anything of it.”

Zeth Leon is of Cuban descent. He is currently a Junior at FIU majoring in Digital Communications and Media with a concentration in digital broadcasting. After graduation, he plans to incorporate his love for sports into his work by becoming a play-by-play commentator or talk show host for a sports network.