Charity basketball game for Special Olympics a success

Penn State Altoona's Student Athlete Advisory Council spearheaded the second annual Faculty/Staff vs. Student-Athletes Charity Basketball Game held April 10, in the Adler Gym.

The event benefitted the Special Olympics of Blair County and proved to be a success. The faculty/staff team played a full game against members of Penn State Altoona's varsity sports teams, and at halftime, players from the Special Olympics of Blair County basketball team had the opportunity to play an exhibition game of their own in front of the crowd.

"It was great to build off of the success of last year's event," said Student Athlete Advisory Council adviser and Penn State Altoona men's basketball coach Billy Clapper. "The Special Olympics athletes were talking about this game for weeks in anticipation, and it was great to host them on our campus for such a fun event. To see the enjoyment that the Special Olympics athletes had while playing at Penn State Altoona was evident to everyone who was at the game."

A total of $204.95 was raised from admission sales, donations and a 50/50 drawing.

The event was one of the cornerstones of Penn State Altoona's celebration of NCAA Division III Week, which spotlights the Division III student-athlete experience -- particularly community service.

The Durbin family and Pennview Suites sponsored the event.

Last Updated April 17, 2013