The Springbrook Scorpions varsity basketball team won the gold medal at the 2009 Special Olympics New York State Summer Games in Binghamton.

To take first place, the team defeated three others in their division, the HVR North East Knights, the Bronx Bombers and the GR Holcomb Rockets.

"When we went to States, we were nervous because we'd never won the gold," said team member Jennifer Elwood. "I always say never give up and keep your eye on the game . . . that's the way we work. All we had to do was believe that we could win."

The Scorpions' basketball skills team competed and won the silver medal at the games.

The Scorpions' compete for Springbrook, a not-for-profit, state-licensed organization and school located in Oneonta. The organization serves more than 650 children, adults and families with developmental disabilities from across New York state.

Springbrook employee and Scorpions coach Ralph Bennett started the Special Olympics program at Springbrook in 1999.

During the season, the team won a silver medal at an Albany tournament and won another gold medal at the Special Olympics Super Regional in Rochester earlier this year. The junior varsity team also won gold medals at two competitions, while the skills team took silver in an Albany tournament.

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