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Crystal Lake-area Special Olympics youth basketball team needs coaches

CRYSTAL LAKE – The local Special Olympics youth basketball team, the Junior Lakers, is in need of volunteer coaches for the upcoming season.

The team will consist of players from 8 to 14 years old with disabled learning. The season starts Oct. 12 and will go through Dec. 7. After a short break, it will start up again Jan. 11 and go until Feb. 18.

Practices are scheduled to take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at Crystal Lake’s Indian Prairie School. Home and away games will take place on Saturdays at various nearby locations. Once the season is over, the team has a chance to qualify to compete in a state tournament scheduled for mid-March 2017.

There will also be a basketball skills program offered starting Oct. 26 for disabled athletes who are not yet ready for team competition, but want to play basketball. This skills program be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings and will end Nov. 30. On Dec. 4, there will be a skills competition for these athletes that will allow certain athletes to qualify for state competition.

Interested coaches are asked to have knowledge in the sport of basketball with a passion to help athletes with disabled learning.

The Special Olympics program is led and organized by the Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association. For information about the program, call Cathy Bott, NISRA senior manager of support staff, at 815-459-0737 or email her at cbott@nisra.org.

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