A few weeks after enjoying the Special Olympics regional bowling event, the Rampage players got to meet up with some of the remarkable athletes a second time as they competed in a basketball tournament and skills competition. The team spent Saturday, cheering on the athletes and overseeing the skills competition.
The day began with teams playing in the basketball tournament portion of the event. Long time Rampage fan, Al Talley, competed with his team, winning praise from Rampage players and staff. The boys also joined fans Kim and Jennifer Horton as they watched Jennifer’s former basketball team play their game. “This is a great experience for the team,” General Manager Julie Wilson said “the Hortons are fantastic people who treat the team better than you can imagine and the Talleys are wonderful too. It’s great for us to be able to cheer and support the people who cheer on and support us.”
At the close of the tournament portion, Special Olympic Athletes from around the region took part in dribbling contests, passing events, rebounding and shooting. Throughout the events, the Rampage scored, timed, and demonstrated at every station. Both the Rampage and the competing athletes were all smiles as the remarkable feats were achieved and onlookers were nothing short of inspired. “It is absolutely gripping to see these athletes overcome huge obstacles to accomplish what we often take for granted,” Wilson said “and their attitudes are remarkable – my players, coach, and I are truly inspired by this.”