Stars Basketball is a special needs basketball program that provides individuals with developmental disabilities an opportunity to learn basic basketball skills and play games for a multiple-week session during the evenings in the spring and fall of each year. Games are played to promote team opportunities, peer socialization, exercise, and physical fitness.

Teams are divided up based on leisure, semi-competitive, and competitive games based on player request. Leisure games are made up of team members that may have limited basketball skills and are slower paced in their execution of the game.

Medals are awarded to each player on the last scheduled game of the session. Players are asked to bring snacks to share with the team for the refreshment table for the last game.

Registrations for Stars Basketball are due in advance. The cost of the multi-week session is $40.00 per individual per season if you are an Ollie Webb Center member, $50.00 per individual per season if you are not a member. Scholarships are available upon request. Games are played at the Autism Center at 9012 Q Street in Omaha.

We recommend that each participant consult with their physician prior to beginning a new fitness, exercise, or sports program. Registrations must be in and processed before a player is allowed to play.

Judy Bednarz is the basketball site coordinator; coaches are volunteers, most of them are Creighton University students.

For more information, contact Kayla Swanger, Arc Programs Manager at 402-981-6976 or email at

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