Ferris basketball squads ready for Special Olympics game

BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State University is ready to host its 13th-annual Heart-to-Heart, Hand-in-Hand basketball game.

The game is put together by the university’s Sports Careers registered student organization.

The event was created to benefit the Area 5 Special Olympics. The Special Olympic members are divided up into two teams along with the Ferris State men’s and women’s teams. The Olympians are paired with the basketball team and they play a full game with events held during the game, such a dunk contest and a 3-point contest.

“Our players love playing in this game every year and being teammates with the Special Olympics athletes,” said FSU men’s basketball head coach Andy Bronkema. “It is a great experience for our own student-athletes as well and we enjoy taking part in this game. We invite everyone to come out and cheer both teams on.”

All donations and proceeds received from the event go to support the Special Olympics of Michigan and funds help provide uniforms, equipment, food, transportation, and tournament fees for the Special Olympics athletes.

Over half of a million athletes participate in all 32 sports offered by Special Olympics in North America.

The game will be held at 7 p.m.  tonight at FSU’s Jim Wink Arena.

Fans are encouraged and invited to come out and support the local Special Olympics program.

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