SCBDD Celebrates Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month


The Vern Riffe School Cardinals will face rivals the Open Door School Jets at Ironton High School at 10 a.m. Thursday. The community is invited to attend. For more information on joining the caravan following the team to the game, call VRS at (740) 353-1876.

The month of March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and the Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities (SCBDD) is observing with a month full of events.

The month begins with the big rivalry game between the Vern Riffe School Cardinals and the Open Door School Jets on Thursday, March 3. The game is an annual event wherein all school students, family, and staff will cheer on their team. This year, the game will be at Ironton High School.

SCBDD will also be taking to the streets on Saturday, March 12 for the 10th Annual Portsmouth St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The event has become a tradition with participants donning their green and becoming Irish for a day to mark the contributions of Celtic immigrants and descendants to our area. This event is a big hit with both the individuals we serve, as well as staff!

On Saturday, April 2, one of the organization’s biggest events of the year hits center court at Shawnee State University’s Rhodes Athletic Center. The annual Hardwood Heroes celebrity basketball game will tip-off at 12:30 p.m. This event is a fundraiser for Scioto County Special Olympics and will feature all the game-time traditions, including Split the Pot, t-shirt sales, concessions, informational booths with staff from each department, halftime shooting contests, giveaways, and raffles. The event will be emceed by KC Chatfield of KC Productions Mobile Music. All proceeds benefit Scioto County Special Olympics.

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