It’s showtime!

Point Mallard Ducks, Morgan County Showtime compete to raise money for Special Olympics

By Rebekah Martin

Hartselle Enquirer

In an effort to raise funds for the statewide Special Olympics, the Point Mallard Ducks hockey team will face off against the Morgan County Showtime Special Olympics basketball for a scrimmage basketball game Feb. 23.

The fundraising event will be held at 7 p.m. at the Fort Decatur Recreation Center. Admission is free, but donations to the cause are welcomed and will be accepted at the door.

Ducks head coach Tom Winkler said the relationship with the Showtime Special Olympics basketball team started nearly two years ago, when the hockey team helped out with a basketball skills class.

He said the idea for an exhibition fundraising event came from the need to grow the public’s knowledge of the local Special Olympics league.

“Watching these athletes, how competitive they are and their work ethic and determination to succeed at the events they do – my guys were just amazed,” Winkler said. “Amazed at how good they were and how well they compete. We wanted to see if there was something we could do to help offset the costs of their trips to their state competition.”

Morgan County Showtime coach Skylar Cooley said the event will serve a dual purpose of helping fund trips to statewide competitions as well as bringing awareness of the only local Special Olympics program.

Cooley said the community involvement has been great for her athletes. “They have people who will work with them and play along with them. They absolutely love it.”

Cooley said the funds raised at the exhibition game will go toward sending Morgan County Special Olympics athletes to state competitions in five different sports in May.

The Fort Decatur Recreation Center is located at 610 4th Ave. SE.

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