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Hanson High School senior Erica Brown goes up for a layup during girls’ basketball practice Dec. 18 in Alexandria. (Sean Ryan/Republic)

Special-needs students impact others through high school athletics

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ALEXANDRIA — When Erica Brown gets called into a basketball game, the gym comes to life.

The Hanson High School senior junior varsity player lights up and is in her element, playing tough defense and launching 3-pointers.


“It’s my favorite sport,” said Brown, who has a cognitive disability. “I like being with my friends, playing as a team and being a part of it.”

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Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.