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Archive for Thursday, March 18, 2010

Special Olympians head to Hays for state tournament

The Douglas County Special Olympics Jayhawks are boarding a bus and heading to Hays for the weekend. The trip will allow the athletes to participate in the annual competition.

March 18, 2010

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Cynthia Karlson, left, and Sherrie Saathoff say their goodbyes Thursday before the bus bound for Hays leaves for the Kansas Special Olympics Basketball and Cheerleading Tournament. The three-day event features 117 basketball teams and over 1,100 athletes from around the state.

Cynthia Karlson, left, and Sherrie Saathoff say their goodbyes Thursday before the bus bound for Hays leaves for the Kansas Special Olympics Basketball and Cheerleading Tournament. The three-day event features 117 basketball teams and over 1,100 athletes from around the state.

Kansas University basketball teams aren’t the only area Jayhawks playing in a big tournament this weekend.

The Douglas County Special Olympics Jayhawks hit the road Thursday morning, looking to win gold at the Special Olympics State Basketball and Cheerleading Tournament in Hays.

About 70 athletes and volunteers boarded a chartered bus early Thursday for a weekend of competition and fun. The cheerleading squad competes Thursday, and five basketball teams will play in tournaments Friday and Saturday.

For volunteer coordinator Sherrie Saathoff, the event is a family affair, as she’s traveling to the tournament with her husband and two daughters. Saathoff said the event is always a fun time for the athletes, who will spend time with friends and attend a dance Friday night sponsored by the Special Olympics.

“For a lot of them, this is a vacation,” she said. “It’s going to be a fun weekend.”

Look for more coverage of the tournament in the Journal-World and on 6News Sunday. In addition, a special feature package on Special Olympians will publish in the Journal-World on March 28.

Comments

Christine Pennewell Davis 4 years, 1 month ago

most important have fun and enjoy every one.

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Dixie Jones 4 years, 1 month ago

Good luck too all who are involved ! you guys Rock !

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