Nuggets star Jamal Murray took to the hardwood Tuesday not as a player but as a coach. He surprised students at North Middle School for a unified basketball game against Aurora Hills Middle School.

Unified sports is a collaborative approach to create opportunities for students with and without disabilities to participate in school sports.

“It’s a lot of fun, obviously, anytime I get to play basketball and put smiles on kids’ faces,” Murray told CBS News Colorado’s Kelly Werthmann.

Denver Nuggets star Jamal Murray, second from right, surprised kids at an Aurora Public Schools unified basketball game on Tuesday, March 26, 2024. Murray helped raise $5,000 for UCHealth for children with disabilities.CBS

And perhaps no smile was bigger than the one stretched across Felipe Avalos’ face. The 8th grader at North cheered as Murray entered the gymnasium, but the crowd went wild when Felipe danced on the court.

“It’s a lot of fun and we have a great time together,” said Johnathan Avalos, who plays alongside his brother.

Felipe is a student with disabilities, yet Murray quickly noticed the 8th grader has incredible abilities on the court.