GARRETT, Ind. (WANE) – For a second year in a row, Garrett High School pulled all the stops to make some special need athletes of DeKalb County Special Olympics feel like big players at their basketball game Thursday night.
With the game taking place between a JV and varsity high school games, players played in front of a huge crowd, with a student section, a pep band, and cheerleaders.
“It’s a Hoosier moment that they get to experience,” said Ron Allen, Special Olympics basketball coach. “A high school gym, the band and all the excitement that goes with a high school basketball game.”
The game consisted of two 10 minute halves with a three minute halftime. Todd Barry’s son, who has cerebral palsy, played in Thursday’s night game. He said it was all about the experience of playing the game.
“Even if they can’t make baskets or whatever, they’re just out there having fun,” Barry said.
Players ranged from 15 to 50 years old.
Special Olympics works with Garrett High School to organize this event. Emily Somers, co-captain of this project, said it takes about two months to put this event together. She’s pleased when everyone comes together to support them and see how happy the players are to get the superstar treatment.
“We just want them to have a great time and it’s heart-warming to see them with big smiles on their faces,” she said.
NewsChannel 15 was able to catch up with some of the players for a post-game interview.
“We all tried our best. We all worked as a team,” said Carly Sneary
“It was fun. I got to have fun with my friends on a week night I usually don’t get to spend with them. I had fun,” Lucas Pomeray said.
Somers said they’re looking forward to hosting the Special Olympics basketball game next year.