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Practicing for the Special Olympics with the help of their friends

 

Last updated 6/12/2014 at Noon

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FALLBROOK – On June 2, the Special Olympics team of Fallbrook had its last basketball practice for the season. Athletes’ friends and family were invited to come and cheer them on as they showed off their skills!

The athletes played against the Fallbrook Sheriff substation and Fallbrook High School’s Crew Club (Creating Relationships with Every Warrior), a group of students whose purpose is to help socially integrate students with disabilities into the campus culture and community at Fallbrook High.

Sarah Nystrom points to the hoop before taking a shot during practice for the Special Olympics at Fallbrook High on June 2.

Another highlight for the team this season was to participate in its first regional tournament of San Diego on May 17. This was the first time Fallbrook was represented in these games for basketball. Coaches said the players had a good time and looked great in their new red and white uniforms.

This is the third year that Fallbrook has had a Special Olympics team. Started by two parents of special needs adults, the team is now coached by wonderful people in the community, Devon Alkema, Max Myers, Joe Cusimano, and Gregg Whitesell. The team has grown quite a bit and there are plans to expand further by adding new sports not previously experienced by the athletes. Jeremiah’s Ranch oversees the Fallbrook Special Olympics team.

Anyone with an athlete interested in joining the team, or interested in volunteering as a coach, is welcome to call Linda White at (760) 805-5214.

 

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