Last Friday afternoon, the Special K athletes took to the basketball courts at Wellington High School to show off their passion, talent, and sense of fun against the East High Aces from Wichita.  
The Wichita East Aces narrowly won, 46, to the Wellington Special K Crusaders 44.  
The Wellington Daily News spoke with Brenda Gray last Friday morning before the game to talk about the history of the Special K games.  “I am not exactly sure when it started.  It was brought in to Wellington by Ms. Carlisle.  I do believe this basketball league started out of the Derby Special Education.  I took over 4 years ago here at Wellington High School.  I believe that a lady by the name of Karen Bainter came up with the concept because she wanted to create a league where students with developmental delayed would have a place to compete at their level.  It has grown from there.
The Tri-County Athletic League is the league that our Special K team plays in which includes Greater Wichita Athletic League (GWAL). The Tri-county Athletic Association includes schools from USD 259, USD 260, USD 266, USD 353, and USD 385.”
The Tri-County Athletic League considers athletics an integral part of the educational experience. Athletics provides opportunities that will help students develop physically, mentally, and emotionally. Tri-County League views the competition of athletics as a healthy educational and physiological activity because it challenges each student to excel, to discover his or her physical limits, and to work cooperatively with team members. While winning is a natural goal in the pursuit of excellence, the principles of good sportsmanship and enjoyment of competition take precedence at all times and enhance the educational value of contests.