Basketball game benefits Special Olympics of Blair County - Fall 2013 Ivy Leaf Magazine

Ivy Leaf - Fall 2013

Basketball game benefits Special Olympics of Blair County


Penn State Altoona’s Student Athlete Advisory Council spearheaded the Second Annual Faculty/Staff vs. Student-Athletes Charity Basketball Game, which was held on 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,” says Student Athlete Advisory Council advisor 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 to take part in such a fun event.”

A total of $204.95 was raised from admission sales, donations, and a 50/50 drawing. The Special Olympics of Blair County will benefit monetarily from the event, but more importantly, the experience of playing basketball in front of a large crowd in a college gym was priceless.

“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,” says Clapper.

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. It was sponsored by the Durbin family and Pennview Suites.