Kansas Hosts Clinic For Special Olympics
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Over 40 Douglas County Special Olympics athletes took to the hardwood with the Kansas women’s basketball team on Sunday evening at the annual clinic in Allen Fieldhouse.
“It’s a really great opportunity for us to invite the Douglas County Special Olympics here,” said head coach Bonnie Henrickson. “It’s another chance for us to give back to the community and our players really enjoy the event. It’s an opportunity to share our passion of the game with others.”
The clinic opened with a shoot around prior to an introduction from Henrickson. The participants were then divided up into groups to rotate through various stations. The Jayhawks led each group through several basketball drills, working on skills like form shooting, layups, footwork, defensive stances, rebounding and passing.
The clinic concluded with five vs. five games featuring the participants and Kansas players on Naismith court in Allen Fieldhouse.
“It’s a fun event and it gives us a chance to interact with the local Special Olympics athletes,” said junior Asia Boyd. “The best part is being able to just shoot hoops and getting a chance to talk to everybody.”
Kansas returns to Big 12 Conference action on Wednesday, Jan. 15, when the Jayhawks head south to Texas for a 7 p.m. tip-off.
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