2020 Special Olympics Basketball Showcase

The SLV Dust Devils play in Plachy Hall at Adams State University (Courtesy Geralynn Cummings)

ALAMOSA — The 2020 Special Olympics Basketball Showcase will begin at 2:00 pm in Plachy Gym, located next to Rex Field at Adams State University, Sunday afternoon, February 23.

Aside from spreading awareness for the Special Olympics, this event will include a fundraiser where all donations will go to the local program in Alamosa towards supplies, equipment, and travel expenses needed throughout the year. The event will feature a thrilling modified basketball game played by the SLV Dust Devils.

The game will consist of 8 minute running clock quarters and each team on the court will be composed of three Special Olympians and two non-Special Olympians. Admission will be free for this event, although donations are greatly appreciated! Come show your support by bringing friends, family, and teammates to our 2020 Special Olympics Basketball Showcase for a unique and unforgettable experience.

We will also be holding a silent auction featuring ASU gear and other donated items from the community. At halftime, there will be a performance from the ASU/Alamosa High School cheer team and donation cans will also be floating around the stands. The Antonito High School cheer squad will be helping get the crowd excited for both teams.

Adams State University has been working with events like this since the late 1990s. The Kinesiology department has been able to use such programs as an

educational resource for careers in the future by having students from the Event Management class (KIN 405) put on such events.

The Special Olympics is a program that is held year-round for individuals with intellectual disabilities. This program consists of sports training for specific sports such as basketball or track that will lead to a modified version of competition. Special Olympics was founded to give children or adults with an intellectual disability the opportunity to participate in competitive physical activity in a fun and safe way. We would love to see you there to cheer on our eager and hard-working Special Olympians. If you have any questions about the 2020 Showcase or the SLV Special Olympics program please contact Peggy Johnson at 719-587-7408 or email at [email protected]

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