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Grayslake North High School Hosts The Big Game vs. Round Lake High School

Grayslake, Illinois. March 1, 2024 – Grayslake North High School District 127 is proud to host our annual Special Olympics basketball game at Grayslake North High School against Northern Lake County Conference team Round Lake High School. The athletes will be competing in front of the North student body at 9:30am on March 1, 2024.

 The teams this year consist of special education students grades 9-12 from Grayslake North and Round Lake. It is difficult to describe the impact this unique game has on those participating, as well as those in the stands.

               “The Big Game is an amazing experience not only for our athletes but for the community as whole. It brings everyone together and creates an inclusive community that celebrates and promotes inclusion, kindness, and acceptance. The Big Game allows athletes to enjoy a fun game of basketball with their friends and to highlight our amazing athletes and all the hard work they have put in to improve their game.” - Jenny Sparks & Yolanda Vazquez, GNHS Special Olympics Coaches

               “My favorite part of The Big Game is to throw the ball into the hoop and the drumline before the game” - Adryan Navarro, Senior Athlete

               “My favorite part of The Big Game is the halftime show and playing basketball because it’s my favorite sport.” - Sylvia Grice, Senior Athlete

               “I like to dribble the basketball, make baskets and score points.” - Damian Ramirez, Senior Athlete

               “My favorite part of The Big Game is being on the court with my teammates.”  -Emmitt McConville, Senior Athlete

               “I am looking forward to having fun, being there for my team, and hopefully winning!“ - Anthony Griffith, Senior Athlete


The Big Game is one of the most memorable days of the entire school year! This is a day dedicated to celebrating differences and spreading kindness and inclusion. To demonstrate the powerful impact of this game, we invite you to be a part of this amazing event.

For further information, please contact:

Andrea Tompoles

Assistant to the Principals

Grayslake North High School