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By Amy Schumacher

The sounds of laughter, squeals of delight and deep concentration were all on display during the first Special Olympics Basketball Skills Camp held Saturday at Dublin First Baptist Church,

“Today was the start of a growing program for our special needs children in Bladen County,” said Rolanda Lee Mullis, a mom of a special needs child, who was present at the camp.

The Special Olympics Basketball Skills Camp included many activities designed to teach the special needs students the basic skills needed to have the ability to play with their peers.

Three stations were set up for the kids to work on the basic skills of passing, dribbling, and shooting. Coaches travelled in to support these children and to ensure they enjoyed learning about the sport of basketball in an environment that took their individual needs into account.

“We are working to make Special Olympics more than just a once a year activity. We want to hold more camps like these to teach our kids the how-to of sports,” said Mullis.

This opportunity reached even wider than simply serving the children in our county with special needs. It also allowed the families of these children to interact with other families who shared in their experiences.

Mullis has been assigned as a Co-chair on the Family Chair Committee for the local Parent Advocacy Council for Bladen County Special Needs and feels honored to serve her community in this capacity.

Participation ribbons were given to each child that attended.

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