Local Special Olympic athletes take home gold

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DeKalb County Special Olympics Indiana Basketball Team

The Special Olympics-DeKalb County basketball team took home gold while competing in the USA Games.

Team Indiana competed against Team Nevada, winning 31-30.

“It was an up and down game, really close, both teams fought really hard,” says Brady Allen, captain for Team Indiana.

The game stayed close the entire two halves at the Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle, Washington.

“It crossed my mind, this is the thrill of sport. Climbing the mountain is the fun part.  And we did it, we climbed the mountain,” says coach Rob Allen.

The team is made up of 10 players and 3 coaches, all working for over a year to get to this point.

“I had a feeling we could do it, til you live it, you don’t really know it’s going to happen. But I believed in them, they believed in each other, and the best part about it is they’re a family,” says coach Allen.

“I am very happy of them.  It’s been a great journey with them, everyone did a great job in their role,” Brady says describing his teammates.

The Special Olympics-DeKalb County basketball team was selected 14 months ago from over 250 Indiana teams based on their performance during the 2017 season. 

Beyond winning the medal, Coach Allen and Brady have so much gratitude to those that believed in them.

“Thank you for supporting us, and we’re coming back with the gold,” Brady says.

“I want the whole world to see, all of the Special Olympics in Indiana, every one of our athletes, not just the basketball players and the track guys, swimmers, that we can do a lot. And I hope the rest of the world sees that,” says Coach Allen.

A welcome home celebration is scheduled for Sunday, July 8 at the YMCA in Auburn from 2 to 4 pm. 

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