Christian Academy of Louisville is currently hosting the Special Olympics Basketball League on Wednesday evenings throughout January and February. CAL has hosted the league, which includes 19 teams from Louisville and surrounding counties, for the past 10 years.  Former CAL high school girls’ Health and PE teacher,Valerie Cook, was the league director prior to moving to China last year to teach English.  

“We rely heavily on high school volunteers for gym set-up, score keeping, clock, gym management, and concession stand workers… many of whom are finishing their 4th year as volunteers. It’s so fulfilling to see how our high school students interact with the athletes,” said English Station Elementary Principal and League Director, Rebecca Thompson.

“Being able to serve not only humbles me, it excites me and I can hardly wait for the next game,” said CAL senior, Ryan Long, who has volunteered with Special Olympics for 4 years.  “After serving with them for four years, I can easily say that the athletes that participate in Special Olympics Basketball are the kindest human beings I’ve ever come into contact with as well as some of the most athletic.”

The league state tournament is held the 2nd weekend of March in Louisville and concludes with a dance for the athletes that CAL will host on Saturday, March 9th.  Games are held in the red and blue gyms at the English Station campus every Wednesday in January and February from 6:00-8:00.   Come out and share in the excitement!

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