WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Today the New Hanover County Special Olympics held their annual Basketball Skills Day at home of the Seahawks. A very special day for the athletes and volunteers alike.
Hundreds of athletes competed in hoops activities on the floor of the UNCW Basketball team for the Basketball Skills Day.
Nothing but smiles on the faces of the athletes, as well as the volunteers. The day allowed everyone to be on equal playing fields as they competed and grew as athletes.
“It makes kids with disabilities that they can be the same as normal children,” Volunteer Mia Johnson said. “They can build some confidence and it’s good for them.”
There were some special guests on hand for the games. Members of the UNCW Men’s Basketball team, as well as other local high school stars volunteered their time to help out.
A unique opportunity for the special olympics athletes to be part of.
“It’s awesome, it’s great, I like it,” Athlete Devon Mosley said. “It keeps me focus and help me have a good time.”
For the volunteers like Devontae Cacok, it gives them an opportunity to give back to a community that gives them so much love and support during the basketball season. They say they don’t see the day as a requirement given the platform they hold, but a blessing to be able to give back.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a responsibility, it’s something I honestly like doing,” Cacok said. “If we weren’t asked to do this or other situations, I still like to go out and do stuff for the community and be out there to help somebody out.”
Organizers say the skills day helps these Special Olympics athletes grow their skills by working with the basketball stars as while also growing their confidence.