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Inaugural Shoot-a-thon to be held Saturday

Event will benefit Special Olympics and Hoops of Hope

Posted: April 4, 2012 7:41 p.m.
Updated: April 4, 2012 7:41 p.m.

Special Olympics Southern California is partnering with Hoops of Hope to host the inaugural Shoot-a-thon on Saturday at Noon at the City of Santa Clarita Sports Complex.

The event will benefit both Hoops of Hope, a non-profit organization that raises funds for children orphaned by HIV and AIDS, and Special Olympics Santa Clarita & Tri-Valley.

Athletes from West Ranch, Valencia, Hart and Saugus high schools, as well as The Master’s College are confirmed to be participating in the event, according to Special Olympics of Southern California Santa Clarita Valley and Tri-Valley Regional Director Laura Mayo.

Special Olympics Santa Clarita and Tri-Valley trains athletes aged 8 and above in a variety of Olympic-style sports, and currently trains over 950 athletes in 12 sports.

At the event, able-bodied athletes will shoot free throws side-by-side with Special Olympic athletes to raise funds for the two organizations.

Members of the community are also encouraged to join in the event, with the goal of shooting a combined 6,000 baskets over the course of three to four hours.

Participants have been gathering pledges and receiving donations for the two organizations with nearly 300 people expected to attend, Mayo said.

“(The reception) has been great,” Mayo said. “There’s been a lot of joint collaboration. It’s a real community event.”

For more information on how you can join the Shoot-a-thon or be a sponsor, contact Mayo at 661-253-2121.


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