On Saturday morning, January 31, the Bobcats men's basketball team, along with the Bobcat Cheer Team, hosted a clinic for the Champion Athletes of the Ozarks.
Champion Athletes of the Ozarks serves children and adults with disabilities living in the Ozarks area. Through sports training and competition they build self-esteem, self-confidence and social skills. They also create a positive atmosphere and teach decision-making skills, team skills, appropriate behaviors and the feeling of success. The experiences and skills gained through Champion Athletes of the Ozarks help build the skills necessary for each of their athletes to progress towards normal living.
Over the past ten years or so, the Bobcats have developed a special relationship with the Champion Athletes. Each year a clinic is hosted at the Keeter Gymnasium, where the basketball players and cheer team work with these special athletes on drills and games, while they enjoy spending time together. Both the College's athletes and the Champion Athletes look forward to this annual event. The Champion Athletes then spend the afternoon and evening cheering on the Bobcats and Lady Bobcats during their ballgames. Obviously, they did a fine job this year, as both teams picked up wins on Saturday.
Pictured is Susan Miles, Director of Champion Athletes of the Ozarks, being presented with a Bobcat polo shirt by Head Men's Basketball Coach Steve Shepherd to show the College's appreciation for her tremendous leadership with this program.