Special Olympians Benefit from Annual Golf Outing Hosted by Kansas Athletics
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Nearly 100 golfers couldn’t ask for a better day to play 18 holes on a sunny Monday afternoon at the Kansas Athletics Golf Classic to support Douglas County Special Olympics at Lawrence Country Club.
Sponsored by Kansas Athletics, the annual event is the main fundraiser for the more than 80 Special Olympic athletes in Douglas County. The money raised provides transportation and uniforms, as well as many other necessities for the athletes to compete.
“We always have a great turnout,” Sherrie Saathoff, coordinator of sports with Douglas County Special Olympics said. “We have a lot of KU athletes here to welcome them and this is what makes our team go. Without this tournament and the fundraising we make on this tournament, we wouldn’t be able to run the sports program for our athletes. We are so fortunate to have the support from the Lawrence community.”
KU student-athletes and Baby Jay joined the Special Olympians welcoming the golfers at registration.
“This has been a long-standing tradition for Kansas Athletics to help sponsor Special Olympians in Douglas County,” Dr. Sheahon Zenger, KU director of athletics said. “We appreciate those who came out to support such a great cause. Hopefully those playing will be able to meet the Special Olympians while out there today and see how special they are.”
For more information on the Douglas County Special Olympics, go to www.dcsojayhawks.org.
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