Special Olympics Massachusetts’ eighth annual Bio-Ball basketball tournament was held on Saturday April, 28th at the in the Nicholas Athletic Center at Buckingham, Brown & Nichols School in Cambridge.
The event brought 16 local biotech companies joined by Special Olympics athletes to compete in both a skills competition, ranging from dribbling, free throws and three-point shooting, to five-on-five basketball games.
Special Olympics athletes competed against one another and their bio-tech partners did the same, with each team’s total point tally reflecting the final score and determining who would reach the final four.
Special Olympics Massachusetts board member and volunteer Gregg Beloff opened the event and thanked all in attendance for helping to raise this year’s $87,678, which was presented by Ken Itrato of Faber Daeufer Itrato & Cabot. Since Bio-Ball began, the event has raised over $600,000 for basketball programs and activities at Special Olympics Massachusetts.
Athlete and global messenger Amanda Church, who was also competing on the Norvatis, Easton team spoke during the opening ceremonies saying, “I think my teammates can agree with me on this, that Bio-Ball is one of our favorite competitions to be a part of every year.”
Beloff called this year’s Bio-Ball the most competitive to date, but when the dust had settled, only four teams remained. Ariad, Belmont Sport; Genzyme, Shrewsbury; Momenta, Mid Cape Warriors and Zalicus, Cardinal Cushing.
This year Ariad, Belmont took on defending champions Momenta, Mid Cape in the full court five-on-five championship and in the end Momenta, Mid Cape successfully defended their crown. Only time will tell if the team has the talent and drive to establish itself as a dynasty. Though next year’s Bio-Ball is up for grabs, one thing is for certain, everyone will have a good time.
Check out our photos from the event: http://specialolympicsma.smugmug.com/