EUGENE, Ore. — Dozens of Special Olympic basketball players spent the day sharpening their skills alongside the Northwest Christian University teams and coaches.
Both the men’s and women’s teams, along with coaches, partnered with the Special Olympics Sunday to host a basketball clinic.
Dozens of special olympic athletes participated in warm ups and drills with players and coaches.
Over 40 athletes were at the Morse Event Center getting some basketball pointers.
Parents of some of the athletes say the clinic is a blessing because their kids have always been the ones on the sidelines and this gives them a chance to get in the game.
Men’s head coach, Luke Jackson, says the Special Olympic athletes bring a different energy to the gym.
“It’s just a really special time, get them in our gym, teach them a few things, and run them around. They just absolutely love it and I think it’s a great thing, not just for them and how much fun they have, but for our athletes to get a different perspective on life,” said Jackson.
Coach Jackson says they look forward to hosting the clinic again next year.
He also says they held a coach’s clinic prior to this one to help new coaches.
Some parents say it was emotional to see their children get the opportunity to play and not just watch.