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Blue Raiders making an impact in Kansas City
Blue Raiders spend day off with KC Special Olympics
'Our team enjoyed every second of this afternoon and to make a person smile or laugh with something as simple as showing them how to shoot a lay-up or pass a basketball is an experience that I know we'll never forget.' - COACH PAUL PECK
From Lindsey Wilson College
KANSAS CITY, MO - After three hard-fought wins in as many days at the 2013 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Men's Basketball National Championship, the Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team spent its off day in part making an impact.
The Blue Raiders - along with the other three Fab Four teams - met at Municipal Auditorium Sunday afternoon, March 16, 2013, and teamed up to expose the game they all love to the Kansas City Special Olympics.
"It's a great break from the intense competition," Lindsey Wilson coach Paul Peck said. "To be able to spend some time playing basketball with members of this incredible organization is another example of what is great about the NAIA.
"Our team enjoyed every second of this afternoon and to make a person smile or laugh with something as simple as showing them how to shoot a lay-up or pass a basketball is an experience that I know we'll never forget."
Members of each Fab Four team demonstrated the basics of basketball and then put those basics to use by interacting with about 35 children and young adults from the Special Olympics.
"All four teams want to win this championship," Peck said. "But today was about all these terrific people and we hope that they enjoyed the day as much as we did."
Lindsey Wilson sophomore Tony Horne made perhaps the best connection of the day. Following the session Horne removed the Mid-South Conference championship shirt off his back and gave it to someone from the Lindsey Wilson group who wanted some Lindsey Wilson gear.
Juniors Milton Watts and Chris Bridges also made an impact.
Watts -- who stands 6-foot-9 -- lifted someone on his shoulders while her parents looked on with a smile for a near dunk while Bridges helped another spin a basketball on his finger.
"Those moments are priceless and are what today's all about," Peck said. Chris Wells
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