Shoot to Win!

by | Feb 27, 2019 | Community

 On Saturday, April 20, 2019, Special Olympics will host their 8th annual basketball shoot-a-thon. Don’t worry though, you don’t have to be a basketball player to participate and have a great time; everyone is welcome!
The event not only benefits our local Special Olympics athletes, who are heroes in their own right, but also veterans and first responders, via the Gary Sinise Foundation.
Two special aspects to this unique event:
1. It’s the only event where Special Olympics athletes participate in a fundraiser benefitting other groups. It is an opportunity for the dedicated athletes of Special Olympics to ‘pay it forward’ to our veterans and first responders.
2. By providing an opportunity for all participants to work together towards a unified goal, the event creates an atmosphere where stereotypes are broken down and a sense of shared purpose and community is developed.
Besides basketball free-throws, plenty of other activities will be offered as well. Local television personality, Dave Caldwell, will once again serve as our emcee, which features music, a silent auction and a half-court shot raffle. We also expect a special guest appearance by some of the Laker Girls. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the George A. Caravalho Santa Clarita Sports Complex Gymnasium, located at 20870 Centre Pointe Parkway.
Thanks to participant pledges and local sponsors, this event has been an extraordinarily fun and successful fundraiser each year. Sponsors of this year’s event include Boston Scientific, Valencia BMW, RE/MAX Gateway – Leslie Caldaronello & Associates, and John Paul Mitchell Systems. We have a number of ‘sponsor’ teams who will be shooting baskets with us as well. A partial list includes: Neotech, Lighting Efficiency & Design, ICE Recovery and Wellness, SunPower by Green Convergence, and SCV Quakes.
To get involved in this great event as a participant, donor or event sponsor, visit or call the Special Olympics office at 661-253-2121.



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