By Jamie Umbach, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes men and women’s basketball teams took a break out of their busy Canada West schedule to help make another team’s season memorable. Players from the Campbell River and Victoria Special Olympics teams were hosted for an unforgettable experience in the CARSA Performance Gym on Jan. 31.
The teams played a game against each other on the high performance floors this past weekend with Vikes basketball players supporting the teams by commentating, refereeing and keeping score. After the game, Vikes players signed autographs for the players, helping create a lasting and memorable experience for everyone involved in the event.
It was a date circled on the calendar months in advance for both the Vikes and Special Olympics teams. Fourth-year Vike Jenna Krug is a long-time volunteer with Special Olympics Victoria and played an important part in making the opportunity possible for both parties.
Many of the Special Olympics athletes have been Vikes fans for many years and attended every single home game only naturally viewing the Vikes as key role models. Having the opportunity to play alongside their favourite athletes on the brand new CARSA floor is a memory that both the Special Olympic and Vikes athletes will remember for years to come.