Atlanta Special Needs School Recently Hosted Annual Student/Faculty Basketball Game

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Cumberland Academy of Georgia hosted the school’s annual students versus faculty basketball game. Parents and friends of the academy cheered on students as they played against a tough opponent, their teachers.

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The annual basketball game is a beautiful example of students trying hard to achieve a goal that may be out of their comfort zone.

Cumberland Academy of Georgia, a special-needs school serving students with high-functioning Autism, Asperger’s, learning disabilities, ADD and ADHD, hosted the annual special basketball game in December. All Cumberland students participated in the annual event by either playing in the game or cheering on their teammates as they played against the teachers of the school. Cumberland cheerleaders worked hard to cheer for both sides of the game. At half time the Cumberland cheerleaders were able to demonstrate their skills by providing a half time performance.

This year, the students added a few special players to their team. Eddie Lee Wilkins, a former NBA player once drafted by the Knicks, joined forces with the students. Mr. Wilkins helped the students with strategy and execution of plays. Also joining the students was Miguel Castillo, Founder of Castle Painters. The students loved playing with both gentleman, and they helped students to victory in this year’s game.

“The annual basketball game is a beautiful example of students trying hard to achieve a goal that may be out of their comfort zone,” said Debbi Scarborough, Founder of Cumberland Academy of Georgia. “The support of Eddie Lee Wilkins, former NBA player, and Miguel Castillo, Founder Castle Painting, was wonderful for the students. We continue to be inspired by the amount of confidence these kids demonstrate in different situations.”

In the end, the students were victorious and finished the game with a win.

Cumberland Academy of Georgia specializes in the needs of students in grades four through twelve who have high-functioning Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities. Cumberland was founded in 2008 by Debbi and Matthew Scarborough, and is a fully-accredited, independent, non-profit school that seeks to provide a safe and supportive academic atmosphere for its students. Cumberland accepts applications year round. To schedule a family tour, please contact Terri Brooks, Director of Admissions at 404-835-9000 or email admissions(at)cumberlandacademy(dot)org. To learn more about Cumberland Academy of Georgia, please visit

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