January 12, 2012

Basketball Teams Volunteer at Annual Special Olympics Clinic

Worcester, Mass. -- The Assumption College men’s and women’s basketball teams recently took part in a clinic at the Bancroft School, working with athletes from the Special Olympics ranging from age 7 thru teenagers. The Greyhounds have been involved with the Special Olympics program for the last four years as part of their ongoing community involvement throughout the Worcester area.

“Participating in the clinic for the Special Olympic basketball players is always a great experience for our team,” said Kerry Phayre, who is in her 16th season as the Assumption women’s basketball head coach. “Our players look forward to the event each winter break and really enjoy the interaction with the athletes. We are always impressed with their enthusiasm to learn and the skills that each of them possess.”

In total, nearly 50 Special Olympic athletes took part in the clinic, which was hosted by the Bancroft School in each of their gyms. Hosted at Laska Gym at Assumption in the past, the clinic gives the Assumption men’s and women’s basketball players an opportunity to share their basketball experiences with players who are enthusiastic and also enjoy the experience.

“Each year the basketball programs at Assumption College are honored to work with the Bancroft School to help motivate and bring a smile to the face of Special Olympians as they work to train for athletic competition,” said men’s basketball assistant coach Alfonso Payne. “I think it is a great opportunity for our student-athletes to give back by promoting encouragement, confidence, and most importantly companionship to the Special Olympic athletes.”