Special Olympics Celebrity basketball game set for March 31
by Rachel Lewis
Are you ready to rumble? Well bring it on! The Special Olympics Hardwood Heroes Celebrity basketball game is coming up fast and members of the team are ready.
“Each year, we celebrate National Developmental Disabilities Month with various activities including the annual celebrity basketball game, that is organized and put on by our local Special Olympics organization” said Julie Monroe, Local Coordinator of Scioto County Special Olympics. . “This year, we are expanding the event to include information about services provided through the Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities (SCBDD).
Monroe said the game will be played between SCBDD’s Special Olympics Team, the Shooting Stars which will also include volunteers, against members of the community. The majority of the volunteers are employees of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF), who contributed several hours of assistance during the basketball season.
Among those on the Celebrity Team include Wayne Allen, writer and photography for the Portsmouth Daily Times and the Community Common; Jodi Conkle, Scioto County Sheriff’s Office; Dr. Robert Newman, Sciotoville Family Practice; Scott Campbell, Scioto County Recorder’s Office; Mike Bell, Challenger League Coach and President of the Autism Project; Steve Sturgill, Portsmouth City Council Member and CAO Housing Director; Jeff Kleha, Attorney and SCDD Board Member; Keith Chatfield, former radio personality and owner of KC’s Productions; Michael Parker, Counselor at the Counseling Center; James Montler, Operator of Country Living Assisted Living Center, Larry Greene of SOCF and Julie Hutchinson, Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office.
“We know this will be an exciting and fun-filled event for the entire community to enjoy and this year, we hope to share more about what we offer through a walk-through informational event that will be located on the mezzanine, “ said Shawn Jordan, Awareness Coordinator for SCBDD.
Jordan said members of the Awareness Committee, which is comprised of representatives from the various departments at SBCDD, will share information on services available.
“It is a great time to come and watch the game and learn more about the services available at SCBDD and STAR, Inc.,” Jordan said. “And, there will be door prizes and give aways for the whole family to enjoy.”
The Hardwood Heroes Celebrity basketball game will be held on March 31 at the Shawnee State University Athletic Complex. Doors open at 1 p.m. Cost of admission is $1. All proceeds benefit the local Special Olympics program, which operates primarily from donations. Sponsorship for the game is still being accepted. Forms for sponsorship opportunities can be downloaded from the SCBDD website at sciotocountydd.org. For more information about the game, or how to get involved with Special Olympics, contact Julie Monroe or Tammy Bolton at 353-8448.
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