Old Forge to host Challenger Basketball Game

Last updated: March 01. 2014 12:25PM - 1293 Views
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The saying was made famous in the ever-popular baseball movie. Now, that saying is hitting the hardwood in Old Forge.

The first -ever Old Forge Blue Devil Challenger Basketball Game, “For Love of the Game,” will be played at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 30 at the Old Forge High School gymnasium.

This event is an opportunity for special needs children in grades three through six to play basketball. No experience is necessary, but lots of fun is guaranteed.

Anne McDonnell, coordinator of the event along with her husband Rob, has a student with special needs on the Blue Devils basketball and baseball teams who sees little playing time, but loves it. Other parents, along with the McDonnells, have participated in other Challenger events, but none ever close to home in Old Forge.

Seeing other parents afraid to let their child participate in regular sports let Anne to have the idea to start the basketball game in Old Forge.

And other parents were looking to get their children involved.

“There are a lot of parents out there that are afraid to bring their kids out,” she said. “So, we thought we would start Challenger. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

There is no registration fee and all players will receive a team shirt. A medal ceremony will follow the game. Entrance to the event is by donation. There will be a concession stand. All players must be registered by Thursday, March 6.

Anyone interested in playing, donating a basket for a raffle or being a sponsor is asked to contact Anne or Rob McDonnell at 570-451-1331 or email arbronyx@comcast.net.

Those attending can enter the Old Forge gym via the high school entrance on Marion Street.

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