MOUNT VERNON — On Thursday, Mount Vernon Nazarene University Athletics will host the Ohio Special Olympics Region 5 Individual Skills Competition inside Ariel Arena.

The event officially begins at 5:30 p.m., with athlete check-in concluding at 5:15. The night will consist of dribbling, passing and shooting challenges. The athlete’s final score is determined by the sum of the scores in each of the three categories.

“As a volunteer coach for Knox County Special Olympics, we are faced with many opportunities, challenges and rewards,” said Lisa Bell, a Class “A” volunteer coach who assists head coach Linda Kerr, the local coordinator for Knox County. “It is so exciting to see the increased skill and athletic ability of each of the athletes as they practice each week for their events. Not only are coaches, parents, providers and friends encouraging the athletes during the practices, but the athletes also support and encourage each other. The ultimate display of athletes supporting athletes is evident at the Opening Ceremonies at the State Summer Games hosted at the Ohio State University campus in late June. No other athletic event compares to the camaraderie displayed at Special Olympics events.”

“I like Special Olympics because I like meeting with my friends, making new friends and cheering for them at their events,” said Geremy Kerr, a special Olympics Ohio participant.

Jessica Bell, another participant, said, “I like Special Olympics Basketball because I like to shoot hoops and dribble. I also have fun with my friends and making new friends.”

There is no charge for admission for this event. Concessions will be available for those in attendance, and all athletes will also receive a free piece of pizza after the event.



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