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SunDogs donate time and skills to Special Olympics

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The 2013-14 Great Plains College SunDogs have bounced in to assist their community and are helping to train individuals to participate on a Special Olympics basketball team.

The Special Olympics team gathers weekly at the Great Plains College gym and the SunDogs are not hesitating to help out.
“The basketball group gets together once a week,” explains Jackie Powell, Partners in Employment Supervisor. “We teach individuals with intellectual disabilities to play basketball and learn the rules. I was looking for some support with this program and it was a nice fit for the SunDogs as both are athletic and recreation initiatives.”
“This has been a great opportunity for the SunDogs to give back to their community by way of volunteering and most of them have found it to be pretty fun as well,” says Mona Patterson, SunDogs Athletics and Recreation Coordinator.
Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to include nearly 3.7 million athletes in 229 accredited programs in 170 countries, including Canada. With the help of volunteers, Special Olympics Saskatchewan currently has teams in more than 20 communities. This gives the athletes of all abilities the opportunity to compete at the community, provincial, national, and international levels in a variety of sports.
Special Olympics Swift Current offers sport programs in swimming, bowling, basketball, curling (September–April) and golf (summer). Programs run year-round and athletes attend a variety of competitions throughout the year. Provincial, national and international games run on a four-year cycle.
The SunDogs student athletes demonstrate strong on-court and off-court commitment to scholastic, athletics and community achievement. They volunteer at a number of local events and with various athletic groups throughout the year.

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