Riverdale to Host Special Olympics NY Basketball Skills Tournament

[ May 09, 2014 ]

SpecialOlympicsNYThe Riverdale Intellectual Disabilities (RID) activity group has teamed up with Special Olympics New York (SONY) to host a Basketball Skills Tournament on Saturday, May 10.

Dave Celentano, the Senior Director of Programs at the New York City branch of SONY, says, “It has been inspiring to witness the Riverdale students’ dedication and commitment to this project.”

Taylor Atkin ’16, Walter Johnsen ’14, and George Frank ’15 are the principal RID organizers for this tournament, which will feature more than 100 SONY athletes competing in a variety of divisions in three specific skills: dribbling, passing, and shooting. SONY athletes will also be paired up with Riverdale students for a unified exhibition in the afternoon; one RCS student and two SONY athletes will make up a team, with each team member handling one of the three skills. The three scores for each team will be added together to arrive at the winning teams in each division.

In addition to showing off their basketball skills alongside the SONY athletes, Riverdale students will be volunteering to help in the Olympic Village, an area where the athletes can spend their downtime between rounds making arts & crafts, playing games, and goofing around in the photo booth.

Dave from SONY says he hopes that this is just the first of many SONY/Riverdale collaborations. “We are looking to further build our relationship with the students of RID,” he says, suggesting there are other sports the school could help support, such as powerlifting and soccer. Dave also hopes that the event will inspire Riverdale students to become “the next generation of coaches” for SONY.

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