Special Olympic basketball teams delight Kent State fans

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By Allen Moff | Staff Writer

Basketball teams representing the Portage County Special Olympics took center stage at halftime of Tuesday's Kent State men's basketball game, showing off their skills to the delight of the nearly 3,000 fans at the M.A.C. Center.

When the exhibition ended, players left the court to a standing ovation.

Portage County Special Olympics collaborated with the Kent State University Athletic Department to sponsor a fundraiser featuring the Special Olympics basketball teams and cheerleaders from PowerCorps.

The purpose of the fundraiser was to help fund all of Portage County Special Olympics sports, which include bocce, soccer, swimming, track & field, skiing, volleyball, golf and weightlifting.

With the efforts of many dedicated individuals, the agency was able to raise over $1,300.

The Portage County Special Olympics basketball program started five years ago with 11 individuals and one team. This year, over 30 individuals fill three teams.

The Flashes have finished state runner-up in Division III, and the Thunder won the Division IV state championship last year. The team will attempt to defend that title March 22-23 at The Ohio State University.

Portage County Special Olympics would like to thank Kent State University and everyone who came to cheer on the players, along with those who continue to support Portage County Special Olympics.

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