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Warriors and Special Olympics Basketball Clinic
March 6, 2013
In conjunction with the NBA and Special Olympics “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign, the Warriors hosted a basketball clinic for 45 athletes from Special Olympics Northern California at their Practice Facility in downtown Oakland on March 5.
March 6 marks Special Olympics’ fifth annual “Spread the Word to End the Word” Awareness Day. The “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign is aimed at ending the hurtful use of the R-word (“retard(ed)”) negatively impacting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
To show their support for “Spread the Word to End the Word”, Warriors players Andris Biedrins and Jarrett Jack teamed up with Warriors Youth Basketball staff to teach basketball skills and fundamentals to the athletes.
Upon their arrival, athletes from three local branches of the Special Olympics Northern California received Warriors t-shirts to wear.
The clinic began with Warriors Youth Basketball staff and the players instructing the athletes on proper techniques on warming up.
The participants then broke into groups and worked on specific drills with each player. Andris instructed the athletes on proper rebounding techniques.
Jarrett practiced shooting and ball handling with another group of athletes.
After the groups rotated through each drill, they all took part in a shooting competition.
At the end of the clinic, prizes were passed out to the athletes that won the shooting competition, showed the best sportsmanship throughout the clinic and to those that could answer tough questions regarding the things they learned at each skill station.
The athletes then received the opportunity to take pictures with the players and also get a few autographs. As the athletes left the gym, Andris and Jarrett distributed Warriors gift bags to everyone.
The clinic gave athletes from Special Olympics Northern California the chance to learn some basketball fundamentals from a couple NBA players while creating lasting memories amongst both the players and athletes.
The NBA’s global partnership with Special Olympics began more than 30 years ago when the league helped to introduce basketball as a new sport to the organization, and continues through sponsorship of Special Olympics basketball tournaments, major Special Olympics events and most recently the NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Sports Basketball Game at the 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend.
Special Olympics encourages people all over the world to pledge to use respectful language at the website www.R-word.org and build communities of respect and inclusion for all people.
Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide. To learn more about the Special Olympics and their efforts, please visit www.R-word.org