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By Aliya Hall
The Creswell Chronicle 

Special Olympic Athletes hold basketball jamboree


February 21, 2019

Aliya Hall/The Creswell Chronicle

Loren Goodman dribbles down the court during the dribbling individual skill portion of the Creswell and Cottage Grove Special Olympics Basketball Jamboree at Riverside Church in Cottage Grove on Feb. 16. Goodman said he was most looking forward to having fun with his friends.

Although Special Olympics Oregon had to skip its events due to a lack in funding, local Program Coordinator Carmen Dowell didn't want Creswell's and Cottage Grove's Special Olympic Athletes to miss out on their basketball season.

"I thought that wasn't fair to them," she said.

Instead she worked with Riverside Church in Cottage Grove to set up a Basketball Jamboree on Feb. 16 for 32 local athletes to participate in. Along with choosing an individual skill - like trick shot, fastest dribble or best throw - athletes could also play in a basketball tournament.

"They deserve it," Dowell said,...

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