Basketball Teams Make Magic (With Photos)

By Casey Killian

January 14, 2013 Updated Jan 14, 2013 at 6:56 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton University basketball teams give back to the community by working with special needs kids in a creative way.

The men's and women's basketball teams joined with the Magic Paintbrush for the annual "Paint with the Players."

Students from area school districts and agencies participate in a morning of innovative fun with the Binghamton players.

The workshop helps special needs kids with learning how to use teamwork when dealing with daily challenges.

"We play in a community that supports us through thick and thin. I think it's important that we understand as players that we are very fortunate to play at Binghamton University and to be student athletes at Binghamton University," said Tommy Dempsey, men's basketball coach, "I think it's great that our players to have that opportunity to be out here with the children and get away from basketball even if it's just for a little bit."

Life Is Washable, Inc. and The Magic Paintbrush Project provide events that use creative art materials to complement services and support for families and professionals facing the challenges of a special needs diagnosis.

The Magic Paintbrush Project has presented more than 2,500 workshops since its inception in 2006, serving more than 23,000 people.