Dunwoody Rotarians recently partnered with college students from Georgia State University Perimeter Campus to help Sequoyah Middle School host Basketball Skills Day for more than 150 DeKalb County special needs students.
The partnership turned out to be a big win for all who participated.
Rotarian volunteers Rick Otness, Ray Huebschmann, Bob O’Brien, Darrin Vanderpan, Fred Brandt, Ed Holliday, Erica Brown and Kathy Brandt served as team leaders and focused on overseeing the Special Olympics Basketball competition at each of six basketball goals in the Sequoyah gym.
With the added firepower of GSU student volunteers, the volunteer teams officiated at the basketball competition for students representing 10 middle schools. Thanks to the recruiting efforts of Rotarian Ray Huebschmann, a GSU psychology professor, 29 GSU student volunteers turned out for the event.
The day began with a Sequoyah student leading the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and another leading the athletes in Special Olympics Athletes Oath. The middle school students experienced a fun-filled and challenging competition, as the team scores ebbed and flowed, with winning teams being awarded red, blue and yellow ribbons amid cheers.
The volunteers came away satisfied, too, having had the opportunity to create a fair competitive environment that helped players and teams strive for, accomplish, and, in some cases, exceed their wildest expectations.