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Bethel players have ‘special’ afternoon leading basketball clinic

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College head men’s basketball coach Alonzo Jamison has never forgotten the experience of working with Special Olympics.

So he made sure his Threshers had a similar opportunity. Team members held a basketball clinic for 50 area Special Olympians Jan. 29 in Thresher Gym.

Jamison played for the University of Kansas Jayhawks from 1989-92. In 1988, Coach Roy Williams began the tradition at KU of holding Special Olympics clinics that continues to this day.

The Bethel camp was a stop for local teams from Harvey County as well as Wichita and Sedgwick County, who had competed in a tournament the previous night in Buhler. Kansas Special Olympics is currently preparing for basketball regionals in Wichita and the state tournament in Hays later this spring.

Bethel team members taught skills ranging from dribbling to passing to shooting.

“We were blessed to get to work with these Special Olympians,” said Trey Ronnebaum, senior from Wichita. “This opportunity allowed us to share the game we love with other people that love basketball just as much.

“Teammates, coaches and campers all had a blast. I hope to see this continue in the future.”

“I think our kids got a lot out of this camp, as well as the Olympians,” Jamison said at the close of the clinic. “This is the first of many to come for the Threshers.”

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2011-12 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2011-12. In sports, Bethel competes in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. For general information, see www.bethelks.edu; for more about Bethel athletics, visit www.bethelthreshers.com.

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