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200 REDHORSE supports Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities basketball tour

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  • By MSgt Lisa Haun
  • 179th Airlfit Wing Public Affairs
Monday, Mar 23, 2015, RED HORSE members participated in the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities basketball tournament benefiting the United Way of Ottawa County. The tournament was held at Oak Harbor High School and showcased members of the Ottawa County Special Olympics team. Port Clinton High School, Oak Harbor High School, 200th RED HORSE Squadron, Fraternal Order of Police Associates (FOPA), and Ottawa County United Way all sponsored teams for the event.
Each team played three, 12 minute games and put on a great show for the full auditorium. Lt. Col. Michael Hrynciw, 200th RED HORSE Squadron Deputy Commander, said "We are huge supporters of the Special Olympics and our members play with them all season. We are excited to be able to participate in this great event and support the community."

March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and the theme for this year is "Can Do Like You" and this is the "Can Do Like You" Basketball tournament. The Ottawa County Board hosted the tournament as a fundraiser to support the United Way. The concessions sold during the event supports the FOPA and Special Olympics. Board member Amy Cantu said "This was an outstanding turn out. The support has been incredible. Since Special Olympics have been hosted in the amazing facilities at the 200th RED HORSE Squadron for a second season, it was only fitting for RED HORSE to play in this tournament too. Senior Airman Joseph Hall pulled together a team and they are a phenomenal. They work with the kids, had special team jerseys made and spent extra time practicing with their Special Olympic athletes. They have been unbelievable in more ways than just supporting this event. The RED HORSE Squadron is always there for us. The five teams and 13 Special Olympic athletes put on a great show and we owe a big thanks to everyone who supported the event."