Special Olympics athlete and blog contributor Amanda Church reflects on her experience playing basketball at our 9th annual Bio-Ball tournament and fundraiser.
By Amanda Church
On March 16, 2013, sixteen Special Olympics basketball teams and sixteen biotech and pharmaceutical companies competed in both basketball skills and full-court games at Boston College for Bio-Ball. This event is not only a competition, but also a fundraising event. Each company raises money for Special Olympics Massachusetts. This year all the companies raised a ton of money, and this year they set an all-time record. Special Olympics Massachusetts got a grand total of $107,000. That is pretty awesome.
Some of the skills included a passing drill, three-point shot, and a half-court shot. In the games everyone did great. The Easton Tigers matched up with team Novartis, who are one of the companies that helped raise a lot of money for Special Olympics Massachusetts. Whether we won or lost, we still had fun playing with the company we played with. All the volunteers and staff were very good at making sure that we were all having fun. They were also very good about cheering each team on while they were watching us play. Bio-Ball is a fun event that everyone loves and enjoys and I hope that this event continues year after year, for many more years to come.