Special Olympics hoops event

The Monadnock Valley Patriots will hold their first basketball tournament on March 7 at ConVal. The game will feature the MVP athletes and featuring members of Monadnock- area fire and police departments

The Patriots are a new adult Special Olympics team out of ConVal High School, put together by parents, supporters and friends of local Special Olympics, according to head coach Louise Guillemette.

Fourteen MVP athletes will be participating in the event. Teams of five will face off in a tournament format with bragging rights on the line.

The teams will be comprised of three MVP athletes and two police or firemen. Members of police and fire departments from around the region will be participating in the event, according to Guillemette. The MVP athletes will be the only ones allowed to score baskets during the games.

The basketball will not be the only entertainment for the crowd in attendance. “It’s going to be a great family night,” said Guillemette in a recent interview.

New Ipswich resident April McDonald will sing the national anthem, while MC Mark Brown, of Jaffrey, will keep the crowd on its toes. The audience will be active participants at the event, according to Guillemette. Their will be a surprise halftime show as well.

“This is the first event, but we hope to do it year after year, if it is successful. It is a great opportunity for the community to come together and support the athletes, as well as a great opportunity to introduce the program to the community,” said Guillemette.

The event will take place Friday, Mar. 7 at 7pm in the ConVal gymnasium. Admission is $5 and all proceeds will benefit the Monadnock Valley Patriots Special Olympics team.

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