The Special Olympics Manitoba 'In the Schools' program gets the school year bouncing with two basketball events taking place at the end of November.   First up, athletes in grades Kindergarten to 8 will participate in Basketball Skills Day at the University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre on Thursday, December 8, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  The day will see plenty of basketball skill building as well as meeting new friends from different schools around Winnipeg and the surrounding area.  Last year over 80 athletes from 13 different schools attended this event with lots of fun had by all.

The grades 9-12 High School Basketball 3 on 3 Day will run at the University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre (400 Spence St, Winnipeg), Wednesday November 30, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  This is an exciting day where teams compete in 3 on 3 half court games as representatives of their respective High Schools.  This event is quickly growing and is expected to have multiple teams from over 10 High Schools taking part.

A big THANK YOU goes out to the host venues and volunteers for which without you these events would not be able to happen.

The Manitoba Association of Basketball Officials (MABO) supports the day with officials for the 3on3 event and Basketball Manitoba's Coaches (Dan Becker, Randy Kusano, Ian Dickey and Donovan Gayle) will be getting involved with Special O at some of their basketball camps in the coming months.

In the Schools is a school based program that allows students with an intellectual disability to build confidence in sport through quality training and competition; laying the foundation for an active, healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in sport.

If you would like more information about the In the Schools program please contact  Michael Akins, Manager, Youth Initiatives at 204-925-5630 or

More information on Special Olympics Manitoba can be found at
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