By Pam Robinson
After their teams played to a crowd of over 100 basketball fans at Griffin Gymnasium on Monday, Jan. 28, the Posey County Special Olympics is moving tonight’s game between the teams of Mount Vernon and North Posey to Mount Vernon Junior High School at 6 p.m. (The game had previously been scheduled at West Elementary in Mount Vernon.) Admission is free.
North Posey Special Olympics liaison, Liz Mumford, said the teams, composed of players age 8 and up, are excited about tonight’s third game of the season. Before the game at Griffin, the Mount Vernon and North Posey teams had combined to kick off their season at Evansville’s Mulberry Center with a game against Vanderburgh County’s Special Olympics basketball team.
Once again, the Mount Vernon and North Posey Special Olympics teams will combine next Tuesday, Feb. 12, when they storm the court at North Posey High School in their last game of the season against Warrick County Special Olympians.
The basketball season has provided athletic opportunities not only for the players on the Mount Vernon and North Posey teams, Mumford said, but also for those Special Olympians in training on the sidelines in a specially designated skills area. Athletes in training are scored on their shooting and dribbling skills on the court prior to the game as well.
Right before basketball season ends, supporters of Posey County Special Olympics will participate in the first major fundraiser for the organization. A statewide event, “Polar Plunge” invites individuals and organizations to consider “freezin’ for a reason” this coming Saturday, Feb. 9, at Boonville’s Scales Lakes. Each individual or organization must raise a “bear” minimum of $75 ($50 minimum for a student with student I.D.) to enjoy the privilege of plunging into Scales Lakes for an invigorating winter swim around 12 noon. Afterward, a party will be held for participants with an auction and door prizes. Festivities conclude around 2:30 p.m.
Mumford emphasizes that all participants must register prior to Polar Plunge. No registrations will be accepted the day of the event.
Three Posey County teams have formed already to participate in Polar Plunge: the Mount Vernon High School Key Club, the North Posey High School Student Council and Team Hypothermia, composed of fire and emergency medical service personnel employed in Posey County. All teams are collecting cash sponsorships now for the event.
Concerning Team Hypothermia, Vicki Daws, advanced emergency medical technician with the Posey County EMS, said its 13 men and women members have decided on an 80’s workout theme, and the guys plan to dress their part, complete with wigs and headbands. Daws added that Pearison’s had designed special t-shirts for the team.
Those interested in the Polar Plunge should act before it’s too late and call Lynn Clark, local Polar Plunge coordinator, at 812-306-5338, or join either of the high school teams.
Donations are welcome any time for Posey County Special Olympics. Checks may be mailed to County Coordinator Jackie Maier, Mount Vernon High School, 700 Harriet Street, Mount Vernon, Ind. 47620, for deposit in the Fifth Third account set up for the organization. The checks should be made payable to Special Olympics 511. The number is important. Without it, the check will be deposited in the General Fund of Special Olympics Indiana. With it, the money is earmarked to be used specifically for Posey County Special Olympics.
Everyone donating to Posey County Special Olympics will receive a receipt. All donations are tax deductible and directly benefit athletes. All organization leaders, both adult and student, are working strictly as volunteers and receive no pay for their involvement with Special Olympics.
Posey County Special Olympics athletes and volunteers encourage the community to support them by coming out to tonight’s game at Mount Vernon Junior High School and next week’s final game at North Posey High School. Fans will enjoy the great action while honoring their local basketball players.
By Pam Robinson
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