The Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities (SCBDD) is currently making plans to celebrate and educate as part of National Developmental Disabilities month. Players and celebrities are gearing up to match off during the Hardwood Heroes Celebrity Basketball game.
“Each year our Special Olympics committee works hard to make our Celebrity Basketball game an exciting opportunity for our community to take part,” said Julie Monroe, director of Community Services at the SCBDD. “We have some great competitors lined up from our community and will again be providing awareness activities on the mezzanine for everyone to learn more about the programs and services we offer.”
Each year, the SCBDD participates in a variety of activities to share all of the opportunities available. March is National Developmental Disabilities month and along with an Open House, held March 12 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at all locations, the organization will be participating in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 16 and ending the celebration April 6 with the annual celebrity basketball game.
“Last year, we gave our event a name, the Hardwood Heroes Celebrity Basketball Game. People from all over the state have come to recognize and support this event,” she said. “This is also a fundraiser for us that helps us maintain the various activities throughout the year that fall under the Special Olympics umbrella.”
Although this year’s celebrity list is not complete, Monroe said each year proves to be even more successful.
“The celebrity players we have so far are proving to be a very strong, competitive bunch and our team is getting very excited for the competition,” said Monroe. “We had the largest crowd we ever had last year and want to break that record again and pack the stands.”
The Hardwood Heroes Celebrity Basketball game will be held April 6, 1 p.m. at the Shawnee State University Athletic Complex The cost of admission is $1. For more information on sponsorship, tickets or volunteering opportunities, contact Monroe at 353-8448. Visit us on the web at sciotocountydd.org.