Cherry Creek School District

With all due respect to the fantastic boys and girls prep basketball going on in Aurora, Unified basketball has taken over like none other. Both school districts with city schools — the Cherry Creek School District and Aurora Public Schools — plus Regis Jesuit all have programs which pair special needs athletes with able partners so they can compete together on the basketball floor.

AURORA | Overland senior Nick Holmes has been unexpectedly cleared to play with the Trailblazers boys basketball team. Holmes was diagnosed with a treatable form of bone cancer prior to the season, which meant he would have to sit out the year to avoid injury. But a second biopsy revealed he had a non-cancerous condition instead and so he was cleared medically. Watch his reaction and what he feels is ahead for him and his team for the rest of the season. (Video by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)