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January 9, 2014

Special Olympics basketball is Saturday in Jasper

Jasper — The Special Olympics Area Four Basketball Competition is set for Saturday, Jan. 11, in the gymnasium at Hamilton County High School, located at 5683 Highway 129 South in Jasper.

Opening ceremonies will begin at 9:45 a.m. and the event will continue until 2-3 o’clock in the afternoon, according to Helen Udell, Hamilton County coordinator for the games.

A total of five counties will be represented at the event that include Hamilton, Marion, Alachua, Bradford and Columbia counties. There should be about 200 athletes competing, along with their coaches and volunteers.

Udell said volunteers are still needed to assist with the labels and ribbons, as well as to help serve the food. Concessions will also be sold. The public is invited to attend.

To volunteer your time and services, please contact Helen Udell at 904-504-5632 or 386-792-6540, ext. 2366.

At last year’s Special Olympics, Jasper Mayor Ann Lessman said, “What these athletes do is a little more special because what they do, they do it from the heart. They do it because they want to do it, because they love what they do.”

The Special Olympics Oath states, “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

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